The Savior can lift every burden
|The Savior can lift every burden,
The heavy as well as the light;
His strength is made perfect in weakness,
In Him there is power and might.
|The Savior can solve every problem,
The tangles of life can undo;
There is nothing too hard for Jesus,
There is nothing that He cannot do.
|The Savior can bear every sorrow,
In Him there is comfort and rest;
No matter how great the affliction,
He only permits what is best.
|The Savior can strengthen the weary,
His grace is sufficient for all;
He knows every step of the pathway
And listens to hear when we call.
|The Savior can break sin’s dominion,
The vict’ry He won long ago;
In Him there is freedom from bondage,
He’s able to conquer the foe.
|The Savior can satisfy fully
The heart that the world cannot fill;
His Spirit will sanctify wholly
The soul that is yielded and still.
Oswald J. Smith, associated with the People’s Church of Toronto, a church known for supporting missionary work, was born November 8, 1889 and died January 25, 1986.
He authored a number of books and composed more than 1200 hymns and religious verses. Several well known gospel songs include “God Understands, ” “Joy in Serving Jesus, ” “The Glory of His Presence, ” “The Song of the Soul Set Free”, “The Savior Can Solve Every Problem, ”and “Jesus Came. ”
However the hymn “Deeper and Deeper” provided him more joy to write than all the others. It took him three years to complete at the age of 24. He says of his experience writing it,
“The writing of the hymn afforded me much joy, nor has it ever grown old. I still love it and I always will, for it was the child of my youth. It proves conclusively that God can impart His deepest truths to the hearts of the young, for I doubt if I have ever written anything more profound since. ”
“There are five steps portrayed in ‘Deeper and Deeper’-( in each of the stanzas)-the heart, the will, the cross, joy and love. What an experience! But it is the note of triumph in the last verse that transports the soul to heights sublime. ”
In his book, “The Story of My Life, ” Dr. Smith relates many heart breaking experiences in the early years of his ministry. Out of such experiences and disappointments flowed many of his deeper songs. He emphasizes continually the importance of spending time alone with God each day, a time he calls his “morning watch. ”
For half a century I have walked the floor morning by morning with God. It was when I walked alone with God that I learned the lessons he would teach. I set aside a time and a place to meet Him, and I have never been disappointed.
Oceanside, NY, United States
I love this song. God help us to believe everything in this Hymn and live our lives by Your Word.
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Dr. Smith tells us of some of his struggles and heart searchings for God's Holy Spirit and purity of heart in his book, "The Revival We Need". Every minister who yearns to be a winner of souls will be helped by this book. Quoted from the book:
"Gathered 3 into my study this evening. Found much sympathy and willingness to co-operate, but almost entire ignorance as to the Holy Spirit. Came home rejoicing, for I firmly believe God will move upon the hearts of the people in answer to prevailing prayer...
Have been reading the diary of David Brainard. Months and months of agonizing prayer, and then the mighty power of God upon the Indians. I mush have Holy Spirit Fruit, nothing else ....
Jan 11th. This afternoon I went to my study and tried to pray. It was impossible. So hard was I opposed that I finally threw myself down and ceased to struggle, but after a while I rose, determined to win. Then victory came. The powers of darkness seemed to leave, and I was able to pray for over an hour."
At last the break came. One soul after another came to the altar and wept his or her way through to forgiveness and pardon. He tells of many being saved and the weeping and joy in His Presence, as souls were born into His kingdom.
People began to pour into their meetings and the Holy Spirit struck them with conviction. Souls cried and prayed for deliverance, and many came through, washed in the blood of the Lamb. Crowds gathered and packed the church. It was the Lord.
Dr. Smith was saved as a young lad. He yearned to go to the mission field, but each time his health broke down. Later he became pastor of the People's Church, Toronto. The church was in debt. The young pastor announced that they would give the first 2 months offerings to Missions. Some thought he would bankrupt the church, but one cannot bankrupt God. The Lord Himself blessed them, and today People's Church helps to support over 400 missionaries in fields around the world. The church under the leadership (under God) of Dr. Smith's son, Dr. Paul Smith (1959-94) continued to prosper.
Missionary work was divinely instituted by our Savior, Himself. He gave the Divine Commission, and truly, He honors those who honor Him. He never fails. It is only when people become fearful, and feel they cannot afford to give to Missions and put God first, that the church fails. - Wilbur Konkel "Hymn Stories"
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
I have been trying to find these beautiful words for many years. I used to sing this hymn at Sunday School. At last I have found them. Thank you very much.
The Savior solves every problem. There is nothing that He cannot do. He satisfies wholly. He fills our empty heart. We were made for His filling.
NC, United States
This hymn leads me to experience the all-sufficient One in an intimate, subjective way in the midst of wherever, whatever I am going through! Also a double portion with my "daily bread": Matt 11:28 "Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (29) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.(30) For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Praise the Lord!