Words & Music by:. Elisha A. Hoffman (1839-1929)
Elisha Hoffman was born on May 7, 1839, in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. He died November 25, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois.
Here is Mr. Hoffman’s own story of how this song was suggested to him: During a pastorate in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, there was a woman to whom God permitted many visitations of sorrow and affliction. Coming to her home one day, I found her much discouraged. She was distraught and felt that she was at the end of her road and could not face another day. She unburdened her heart, concluding with the question, “Brother Hoffman, what shall I do? What shall I do?” I quoted from the Word, and then added, “You cannot do better than to take all of your sorrows to Jesus. You must tell Jesus.”
For a moment she seemed lost in meditation. Then her eyes lighted as she exclaimed, “Yes, I must tell Jesus.”
As I left her home I had a vision of that joy-illuminated face... and I heard all along my pathway the echo, “I must tell Jesus... I must tell Jesus.”
This song is often sung at Billy Graham Crusades.
Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri: Gospel Publishing House, 1969.
Elisha A. Hoffman (1839-1929)
LYRICS: I Must Tell Jesus
1. 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.
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.
2. 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.
3. Tempted and tried, I need a great Saviour; One Who can help my burdens to bear; I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus; He all my cares and sorrows will share.
4. 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 victory to win.