I only recently learned this song. First from a new cd, and then because our song leader chose it so I had to learn to play it.
The words are comforting and reassuring. No matter what happens in life, we are not alone. We have a friend in Jesus Who will help to bear our burdens. And who among us does not need the love of a Divine Friend? Our friends here on earth can be very sympathetic, but often even their love cannot help the hurt in our heart. Jesus’ love never fails.
Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!
No other friend so swift to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.
Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.
~Edward H. Joy