Think how many times Doc Watson must have sung this hymn in public; and yet he’s still so moved by it, his voice almost breaks. What a Friend We Have in Jesus–and what a friend we need.
I’ve been taking it to him in prayer a lot, these last two days: my wife is having a very hard time with her breathing. Please unite your prayers to ours: O Jesus, thou Son of David–have mercy on us, and heal my wife. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
You don’t mind if I post one of my favorite hymns this morning, do you? Doc Watson singing What a Friend We Have in Jesus–how many hundreds of times do you reckon he’s sung this hymn in public? And he still can’t get through it without choking up. Well, if I am moved to whistle it while I walk, it’s not unknown for some to stop and listen: and to say “Thank you!”
If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, better check to see if you still have one: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
Doc Watson, with untold thousands of hours of experience performing songs and hymns, feels this one so keenly, he is almost unable to get through it without his voice breaking. Doc, we know! Same thing happens to me when I try to whistle it. In fact, it’s happening to me now: the ineffable joy of feeling the presence of the Lord.
Can you listen to this hymn unmoved? Doc Watson couldn’t: watch and listen carefully, and you’ll see what I mean.
It is good to be reminded how much the Lord loves us. Listen. Feel it. Nourishment for the soul.
This is the third time I’ve posted this hymn. That’s because a lot of people love it. So be reader request, here it is again–this time performed by the great Doc Watson.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.