Have you a heart that’s weary,
Tending a load of care;
Are you a soul that’s seeking
Rest from the burden you bear?
Do you know (do you know) my Jesus?
Do you know (do you know) my friend?
Have your heard (have you heard) He loves you?
And that He will abide ‘til the end (‘til the end)?
Who knows your disappointments?
Who hears each time you cry?
Who understands your heartaches?
Who dries the tears from your eyes?
Where is your heart, O pilgrim,
What does your light reveal?
Who hears your call for comfort,
When naught but sorrow you feel?
Vep Ellis (1917-1988), who wrote the stanzas, was a pastor of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was also music director for Oral Roberts. He was considered to be a prolific gospel songwriter, and one estimation credits him with writing over 500 songs. Several albums of his songs have been recorded by the chorus of Lee University. This song has also been recorded by country artists including Skeeter Davis and Don Gibson.
William (Bill) Lakey, who wrote the refrain which gives the song its title, was born in Kansas (1882-1963) and also wrote several other songs with Ellis. He worked with the Tennessee Music Company for several years. It is believed he wrote the refrain first and Ellis wrote the stanzas to make it complete.
Do you truly know Jesus, or do you just know about Him? Many people have heard stores about Jesus, but don’t really know Him as a close friend. Knowing and following Jesus changes us by blessing us with a new spiritual life in this world and promises us eternal life where we will live with Him forever. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Through these, He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-4).
How does one get to know Jesus? One of the best ways would be to read about Him in the Bible.
Scripture provides a great deal of information written by those who spent time on earth with Him. Find a good Bible-based church where you can attend regularly, get involved in a Bible-study group, keep Him first place in you life, and live a life of obedience. If we know Him, we will desire to do our best to be obedient to His Word.
Remember, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs l8:24).
May you find perfect peace and comfort in knowing Him.