Scripture Verse

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Psalm 27:14


Words: R. M. McKin­ney, in Gos­pel Ech­oes, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert G. Sta­ples (Os­ka­loo­sa, Io­wa: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1877), pag­es 46–47.

Music: R. B. Ma­haf­fey (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Mc­Kin­ney or Ma­haf­fey’s full name, or where to get their pho­tos,


There’s a friend in ev­ery sor­row,
There’s a balm for ev­ery woe;
There’s a bliss for each to­mor­row,
Trust in Je­sus as you go;
He who walk­ing on the wa­ter,
E’en on Ga­li­lee’s dark wave,
At the call of doubt­ing Pe­ter,
Stretched His migh­ty arm to save.


Jesus, Je­sus,
A friend that is faith­ful and true;
Jesus, Je­sus,
He suf­fered for me and for you.

Fainting mul­ti­tudes have blessed Him,
For He turned their grief to joy;
Filthy le­pers cleansed in mer­cy,
Raised to life the wi­dow’s boy;
Praying on the lone­ly mount­ain,
More than this He did for me.
Shed His blood to buy my ran­som,
Dying on the curs­èd tree.


When we cross the roll­ing bill­ows,
Jordan’s ri­ver, swell­ing high,
Who will crown us heirs of glo­ry,
In the land be­yond the sky?
When we reach the heav’n­ly ci­ty,
Who will take us by the hand?
Who will give the wel­come plau­dit,
In the bless­èd glo­ry land?