I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a Friend

I’ve found a Friend, oh, 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 naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine,
  Forever and forever.
I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a Friend!
  He bled, He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life,
  But His own self He gave me.
Naught that I have my own I call,
  I hold it for the Giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all,
  Are His, and His forever.
I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a Friend!
  So kind, and true, and tender,
So wise a Counsellor and Guide,
  So mighty a Defender!
From Him who loves me now so well,
  What power my soul can sever?
Shall life or death, or earth or hell?
  No? I am His forever.
Ebenezer Nii Ayitey Akrong

Accra, Ghana

I'm encouraged through this hymn though I am mourning my mom.


Boston, MA, United States

O, Lord give me eternal life and I'll be with you forever.

Mackfason E Moshi

Moshi, Tanzania

Yes Jesus Christ is my friend and saviour. Praise the Lord.

Jeff Mathe

Butembo, Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic Of Congo

The day I discovered this song, it sank into my heart. Then as I looked at the lyrics, the message went deep into my heart. I repeatedly played it while singing along. It soothes my heart to know I have a friend who is always there for me. I just went to this hymn today again as I felt depressed for some situations going on in my life and family. But it reensured me of a Friend who is always there. He will let me through.

Please keep pray for me!

Dwyane Hawker


Please remember me in prayers.

Enoth Atamba Bitanuzire I

Kampala, Uganda

i had sinned against God by consulting sorcery... He demonstrated His love to me by directing to repentance through withheld opportunities, while at the same time telling me that He has a great purpose for my life to serve Him... when I came before Him and the Saviour and asked for forgiveness and redemption and redeployment, He in the Father and the Son came through for me 100% ... and this is "my song", even in my mother tongue Ruhororo (Runyakitara)...


Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

Awesome hymn. It ministers peace to my soul always.

Yes we have a Friend. A selfless one who gave His Life for us and by His Grace nothing and I mean nothing will take us from His side. Hallelujah!

Abraham. Mafuta

Kinshasz, Congo

This beautiful hymn is repeatedly and endlessly singing in my heart. Thinking about the finished work of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for salvation of the whole humanity makes it the best hymn ever. I thank God for such a loving and carring friend.

Suzette Campbell

Brooklyn, New York, United States

This is the best of the best hymns I have ever come across, it speaks as if I had written it. All praise to my redeemer Christ Jesus. My heart is inviting a good matter.

Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

It is an interesting fact that many of our beautiful hymns were written in Scotland by men who were ministers in the Church of Scotland or in the United Free Church. At the time most of these hymns were written, the Church of Scotland frowned on the singing of what they termed "these human himes". For instance, the Christian World was singing this song years before it was accepted and sung in the Church of Scotland or even by the congregation where the Godly author ministered.

The Rev. J. G. Small was born in Edinburgh. He wrote many other hymns, but almost all have been forgotten except this one. This hymn undoubtedly is the personal experience of its author, and many a Christian can testify that this hymn has either been the means, through the Holy Spirit, of bringing him to Christ, or it has warmed and blessed him as he has journeyed through a cold and heartless world, to the New Jerusalem.

When an infidel or an atheist, who has been fighting God for many years, humbles himself, asks forgiveness, and accepts Christ as his Savior, this is truly a miracle of grace. A young man from Dundee, Scotland left his Godly mother and, as he hoped to do, got away from her prayers and went away to New York. But his mother never ceased praying for her erring son. She wrote to him on one occasion to tell him that Moody and Sankey were returning from Scotland to New York, and she asked him to promise to go to hear them. He went to please his mother. Sankey sang about his Friend who have himself for the sinner. The infidel, who had talked and lectured against Him whom he knew not, was pierced in his heart. He asked for an interview with Mr. Sankey, saying, "I do not know why I am here." Mr. Sankey saw the man's apparent shame and grief, and he said, "My dear friend, it is an answer to your mother's prayer. She may be praying for you at this very hour. Now do not delay any longer. Yield to Christ, and He will receive you." The man after prayer and confession took Mr. Sankey by the hand and said, "By the grace of God, I take Jesus Christ as my Savior now." Mr. Sankey told him to write his mother at once.

Some days later Mr. Sankey met the young convert again and asked, "Did you write that letter to your mother?" He replied, "I did, but not until after I had wired her. In my dispatch I just said, 'I've found Jesus', and signed my name on it. My dear old mother cabled back to me, 'Bless the Lord, O my Soul'." - More Living Hymn Stories by Wilbur Konkel