” What a Friend We Have in Jesus ” is a Christian hymn originally written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. Scriven originally published the poem anonymously, and only received full credit for it in the 1880s.
[Verse 1] G C What a friend we have in Jesus , G D All our sins and griefs to bear! G C What a privilege to carry G D G Everything to God in prayer Am G Oh, what peace we often forfeit, C G D Oh, what needless pain we bear G C all because we do not carry G D G everything to God in prayer.
Life. Joseph Scriven was born in 1819 of prosperous parents in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland. He graduated with a degree from Trinity College, Dublin in 1842. His fiancée accidentally drowned in 1843, the night before they were to be married .
[Chorus] G How great is our God , sing with me, Em7 How great is our God , and all will see, C D G How great , how great is our God . [Bridge] G Name above all names, Em7 Worthy of all praise, C My heart will sing D G How great is our God .
Verse 2 C Dm7 C/E C Dm7 What a hope I’ve found , C Dm7 C/E C Dm7 More faithful than a mother; C Dm7 C/E C Dm7 It would break my heart C Dm7 C/E C Dm7 To ever lose each other Ending F C F C Am G/B C Jesus, Jesus, Je – sus, G C/E G D C Friend for – ev – er.
B Em Great is Thy faithfulness ! A7 D A/C# E A Morning by morning new mercies I see. A7 D A/C# E A Morning by morning new mercies I see. A7 D D Em7 All I have needed Thy hand hath provided G D Great is Thy faithfulness , G D Great is Thy faithfulness , G D A A7 D Great is Thy faithfulness , Lord unto me.
When Knapp asked Crosby, “What do you think the tune says?”, Crosby replied, ” Blessed assurance ; Jesus is mine.” The popular song reflects Crosby’s walk of faith, as expressed by the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (ESV).