My Savior Cares

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This beautiful hymn was obviously written by someone acquainted with deep grief. While Christians are assured of God's acceptance in the gospel and His sovereign care for them in the Scriptures, we can easily lose our experiential grasp of these truths when facing deep trial and pain. Every believer who has gone through great difficulty has doubted God's goodness or care to some extent. Consider David, whose words were ultimately fulfilled in the suffering of Jesus: "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?" (Psalm 13:1-2) He does not end the Psalm there, but preaches the promise of God's steadfast love to his soul: "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation." (13:5) This song follows a similar pattern: Questioning God then answering those questions with hope grounded in God's character and promises. Does God care for His children? Put simply, "He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Verse 2:
Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades
Into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Oh yes, He cares,
His heart is touched
With all my tears,
He's promised to be near;
When the days are weary,
The long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Verse 3:
Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Verse 4:
Does Jesus care when I've said goodbye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,
Does He feel my pain, does He see?

O Jesus, come draw me near,
O Jesus, come draw me near.

When the days are weary,
The long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Words by By Frank E. Graeff (1860-1919) & David L. Ward. Music by Jonathan G. Jackson & David Ward
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