Tell it To Jesus Alone


26 yearsAre you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Chorus

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Enid and I have been going through our own valleys of late and I can attest that we pray the most when faced with challenges. In so doing I have found comfort and peace in this hymn. This is a great hymn.  We really should “tell it to Jesus.”  We should take all of our cares to Him.  We should lean on Him.  It is true that “we’ve no other such a friend or brother.”  No matter what our problem or trouble, we should be “telling it to Jesus.”

This week’s hymn asks several questions.  Questions about what circumstance you may find yourself in.  Sorrowful, grief-striken, sinful, fearful, anxious, or troubled.   I hope today’s hymn will encourage you to talk to the Lord – to tell it to Jesus.  He hears your pain.  He understands your sorrow.  He is not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.  He hears and He cares.

 

The original text of this hymn was written in German and both the  tune (Dayton) and text were composed by Edmund Simon Lorenz (1854-1942). The English translation was made by Jeremiah Eames Rankin, who is sometimes incorrectly listed as the author.

 

Couple of comments on the lyrics:

The song suggests four things that we can and should tell Jesus.

In stanza one it mentions griefs: Are you weary, are you heavy hearted? Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to Jesus alone.”

Certainly this life is full of grief’s that make us weary and heavy hearted: Matt. 11.28-30. When we experience grief of any kind, we can turn to the God of comfort: 2 Cor. 1.3-5 It is one means that He has given to help us is the example of Christ: 1 Pet. 2.19-23

The second stanza mentions sins: “Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden? Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden? Tell it to Jesus alone.”

There are many reasons for tears, but one reason is mourning and sorrow for sin: Matt. 5.4, 2 Cor. 7.10. When we have any sin in our lives, we can look to Christ for forgiveness because His blood is shed for remission of sins: Mattt. 26.28. Of course, we must be willing to meet His conditions to receive this forgiveness, and for the Christian who sins that includes confession: 1 Jn. 1.7

“Tears flow down your cheeks unbidden” –  What does that mean? Well according to online resource – dictionary.com, here are a couple of definitions.  ”Not asked” or “Uninvited.”  Have you shed any “tears” lately that you did not ask for?  Have tears become an “uninvited” regular guest in your life?  Sorrow and mourning are realities of this fallen world.  The Bible tells us there is a time for weeping and a time to mourn (Ecc 3:4).  The Bible instructs us to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).  Sorrow will rarely be an “asked for” or an “invited” guest in our lives.  But praise God, He can work in and through the tears and the mourning.  He can show up like He did in Mary Magdalene’s life and call us by name.  And He will one day wipe all tears from our eyes (Rev 1:4).  We can’t wipe them all away ourselves, but God has promised us that He will one day do it for us once and for all.

The third stanza mentions anxieties: “Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow? Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow? Tell it to Jesus alone.”

There are many things in life, especially as we look towards the future, which might cause fear, but in Christ we have nothing to fear: Matt. 10.28, Heb. 13.5-6. The reason is that whenever we experience situations that might cause anxiety, including what may be tomorrow, we can go to Christ who teaches not to be anxious: Matt. 6.25-33. As long as we strive to maintain a right relationship with the Lord so that we can let all our requests be made known to Him in prayer, we can have peace: Phil. 4.6-7

The fourth stanza mentions death:”Are you troubled at the thought of dying. For Christ’s coming daily are you sighing? Tell it to Jesus alone.”

When we face the prospect of death, we can call on God for guidance: Ps. 23.4. With His promise, we can have the attitude of Paul toward death: 2 Tim. 4.6-8. The original read, “For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?”  This could be understood to refer to the eternal kingdom of Christ into which we shall be granted an entrance in the after a while: 2 Pet. 1.11.  However, we usually use the word “kingdom” to refer to the church, which has already been established. Thus, some of our books have changed this to “For Christ’s spreading kingdom are you sighing?” but since the stanza has already mentioned death, it is best to make it relate to Christ’s coming at the end of time, which will follow death for most of us: 2 Pet. 3.10-13.

For Christ’s coming daily are you sighing?” – Are you tired of the problems of this world?  Does watching the news or reading the paper depress you?  Are you sighing and praying “Lord Jesus, come quickly!!”  As we see the problems and sin of this world, they should encourage us all the more to look for His coming kingdom.  These earthly realities should be a constant reminder that this world is not our home.  We are pilgrims…just a passing through.  Our treasure and our hope are laid up “beyond the blue.”  We have a hope for a better place, and a better tomorrow.

 The chorus reminds us that whatever problems or difficulties we face in life, we can
“Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus, He is a Friend that’s well known. You have no other such a friend or brother; Tell it to Jesus alone.”

If one understands the Bible, he will realize that prayer is one of the spiritual blessings which are available for those who are in Christ. And it is one for which we as Christians should be thankful, that because He is our Advocate who will bear all our problems and needs to the Heavenly Father, we can “Tell It To Jesus Alone.”

In Matthew 28, the angel’s instruction was to go and tell.  “Go quickly and tell his disciples that He is risen from the dead.”  In Matthew 28, Jesus also says go and tell.  “Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”

Can I encourage you today to do the same?  To go and tell Jesus.  If you need encouragement today, go and tell Jesus.  If you need healing today, go and tell Jesus.  If you need sins forgiven, go and tell Jesus.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  You’ve no other such a friend or brother.  Tell it to Jesus alone!

 

 

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