The Daily Paine

I don’t know why, but this song has been on my mind for the past couple of weeks. I wonder what the composer was going through or was thinking when he wrote the song. There is a tremendous message of hope in the midst of trials, troubles, despairs and the struggles of life. The answer–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.”
–E.A. Hoffman

Much talk is given today in Christian circles of develop a relationship. E.A. Hoffman knew what to do–take it to Jesus. Perhaps you had a close friend, one in whom you could confide everything and anything. Jesus is that friend. When burdens seem too heavy, go to Him. When there are troubles, take them to Him. He will give you strength to overcome or to carry your burden, or He will carry it for you, or He might even take them away completely.

“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.”

The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lure and glamor of temptation can wear upon our minds and souls. There is no way we can defeat all of these foes. Sorrow, suffering, and disaster may come upon me; woe is me, what can I do? I must take them to Jesus; He will share them with me.

“Tempted and tried I need a great 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.”

Whether we want to realize it or not, the world is our enemy. The hosts of the world war against our soul and seek to destroy any vestige of Jesus we might have within us. The world seeks to make us conform to its image. It dangles its delights and entices our senses to join her. The world appeals to our senses and our eyes wanting us to lust and give in to the temptation it offers, and thus we become part of it. Jesus is there to help us win the victory over sin and the power of the world.

“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 vict’ry 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.”

There is no hope other than in Jesus. The struggle and the weariness of life cannot be lifted by the counselor of the psychologist’s couch. There is no escape and the burden gets heavy, but there is an answer–Jesus alone!