I MUST TELL JESUS                                                                      written in 1893

The Story

Some people seem to have an endless stream of heartaches and painful experiences. Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) knew a person like that in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Elisha was a Presbyterian pastor, and one particular day, when he visited a lady in his congregation, he found her very discouraged. When he asked her what was wrong, she unburdened herself to him. When she had finished explaining her situation, she asked, “Brother Hoffman, what shall I do? What shall I do?”

Pastor Elisha quoted some Scripture verses, and then said, “You cannot do better than to take all of your sorrows to Jesus. You must tell Jesus.”

For a moment, the woman said nothing. Then her face lit up, her eyes sparkles, and she answered: “Yes, I must tell Jesus. I must tell Jesus!”

On his way home, Pastor Elisha couldn’t forget the joy on that woman’s face when she said, “I must tell Jesus.” As soon as he got home, he wrote down the words of this gospel song, “I Must Tell Jesus”.

The Song

            Read this song, and – today – tell Jesus what’s on your heart.

I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone;
in my distress He kindly will help me; He ever loves and cares for His own.


I must tell Jesus!  I must tell Jesus!  I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus!  I must tell Jesus!  Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles; He is a kind, compassionate friend;
if I but ask Him, He will deliver, make of my troubles quickly an end.  (Refrain)

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior; One Who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus; He all my cares and sorrows will share.  (Refrain)

O, how the world to evil allures me!  O, how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me over the world the victory to win.  (Refrain)


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