I've Found a Friend, O Such a Friend!

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This hymn text is about the union that Christians have and can experience with Jesus. To the believer, Jesus becomes a friend more precious than anyone. We realize that Jesus sought us out even when we didn't know or care about Him, and binds us to Himself with cords so strong that no one, not even ourselves, can break them.

In preparing this text for my local church to sing I've revised the lyrics a little bit to make them more clear and found that it fits the tune for "How Deep the Father's Love for Us," an excellent modern hymn with a beautiful, fitting tune for this text. If you have a CCLI license you can sing this tune, and chances are that you can easily find sheet music. You can get chords and watch Stuart Townend play the guitar at Worship Together.


             (Show Original Wordings)
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 none 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!
No worldly things my own I'll call,
But yield them to 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 promise of untold delights
Now cheers my weak endeavor:
So now to watch, to work, to fight;
And then to rest forever.

Text: James G. Small (1863) & David L. Ward, © 2010 ThousandTongues.org
Tune: HOW DEEP THE FATHER'S LOVE by Stuart Townend, © 1995 ThankYou Music


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[...] feature modernised lyrics to old hymns as well as some new tunes to sing old hymns to. This week Ward posted a revision of James G. Small’s I’ve Found A Friend, O Such A Friend. The post also carries the recommendation that the tune to Stuart Townend’s How Deep The [...]
Great combination of tune and lyrics - thanks!
» Rick Owen on February 8th, 2011
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