Hymn History:  I Must Tell Jesus.   

Elisha Hoffman loved the Lord and chose to show it by working to help people whom others would call the “down and out”.


One day he was visiting a woman who was in

great  pain  and  very  discouraged.   Hoffman

reminded  the  woman  that  she  needed  to

tell  Jesus  about  her  problems.   She  had

completely  forgotten  this  simple  truth  and

started repeating the words, “Yes, I must tell

Jesus.” On his way home those words rang in

his ears and would not go away. He promptly

wrote the words and the tune to the hymn, “I Must Tell Jesus.”  In it, he expressed that we not only need to go to Jesus about our physical needs but also concerning the worldly temptations that allure us each day. 

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The Lyrics:  I Must Tell Jesus


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 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.

Tempted and tried I need a real 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.

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.

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.


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