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Hymn of the Week – I’ve Found a Friend.


A candidate for my Hymn of the Week Award. This hymn was written in the mid 19th century, and in the melee of religious liberalism and theological downgrade that afflicted the church in those years, it is a beacon of reformed, biblical truth, emphasising the sovereign election of God in salvation of sinners, and His keeping grace. It’s emphasis is that of the gospel, – what Christ did for the lost sinner on the cross.

I’ve found a Friend, O such a friend! He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love, and thus He bound me to Him;
And round my heart still closely twine those ties which naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine, forever and forever.

I’ve found a Friend, O such a friend! He bled, He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life, but His own Self He gave me!
Naught that I have mine own I call, I’ll hold it for the Giver,
My heart, my strength, my life, my all are His, and His forever.

I’ve found a Friend, O such a friend! All pow’r to Him is given,
To guard me on my onward course, and bring me safe to heaven.
The eternal glories gleam afar, to nerve my faint endeavor;
So now to watch, to work, to war, and then to rest forever.

I’ve found a Friend, O such a friend! So kind and true and tender,
So wise a Counselor and Guide, so mighty a Defender!
From Him who loves me now so well what power my soul can sever?
Shall life or death, shall earth or hell? No! I am His forever.

Author: James Small, 1817-88

From → Hymns and Praise

One Comment
  1. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I posted an article on Small’s hymn this morning, so your comments caught my eye. And I agree, some solid theology here–including the eternal security of the believer (or the perseverance of the saints, if you will). Rather an inglorious leap from this to a lot of contemporary froth!

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