“The Comfort Song”

"THE COMFORT SONG"
"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you" (1 Pet. 5.7)

     INTRO.: A song which pictures Jesus as the Savior who cares for us is "The Comfort Song." The text was written and the tune (Comfort Song) was composed both by James Gerald Dailey (1854-????). Dailey’s best-known song is "He Loved Me So," beginning, "Why did my Savior come to earth, And to the humble go?", and he also provided the melody for Mary A. Kidder’s hymn "Fear Not, Little Flock." Copyright in 1911 by Dailey, "The Comfort Song," was was later owned by the Gospel Advocate Co. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use among churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater.

     The song mentions several reasons why we can know that Jesus cares for us.

I. Stanza 1 says that He cares for us because He is our Savior
"Our Savior declared of the Father above, He careth for you, He careth for me;
In tenderness, mercy, compassion, and love, He careth for you and me."
 A. Jesus Christ came to be the Savior of the world: Lk. 2.11
 B. As such, He was declared of the Father above to be His Son: Matt. 3.17
 C. He came to save us because of His tenderness, mercy, compassion, and love: 1 Jn. 3.16

II. Stanza 2 says that He cares for us because He knows our needs
"The lily, the sparrow, the hairs of the head, He careth for you, He careth for me;
Are known to the Father, so Jesus hath said, He careth for you and me."
 A. He cares for the lilies of the field: Matt. 6.28-29
 B. He cares for the sparrows and other birds of the air: Matt. 6.26-27
 C. Therefore, we can know that He cares for us because He knows even the number of our hairs: Matt. 10.29-31

III. Stanza 3 says that He cares for us because He sees our problems
"Though wilful and wayward, depraved and debased, He careth for you, He careth for me;
Though shunned by your kindred, disowned, and disgraced, He careth for you and me."
 A. Sometimes our problems are the result of our own wilfulness and waywardness: Heb. 10.26
 B. Sometimes our problems are caused by others, even kindred, who disown and disgrace us: Matt. 10.34-37
 C. However, whatever our problems are, we can cast our burdens on the Lord: Ps. 55.22

IV. Stanza 4 says that He cares for us because He wants to comfort us
"However the sorrow, the pain, the distress, He careth for you, He careth for me;
His presence abideth to comfort and bless, He careth for you and me."
 A. All of us experience various times of sorrow, pain, and distress in life: Ps. 90.10
 B. However, if we put our trust in Him, He has promised to abide with us: 1 Jn. 2.24
 C. And as long as He abides in us, His presence will bring comfort: 2 Cor. 1.3-4

     CONCL.: The chorus reminds us that Jesus always cares for us no matter what.
"He careth for you (Every step of the way), He careth for you, He careth for me;
He careth for you (Wheresoever you stray), He careth for you and me."
This song was once apparently somewhat popular among brethren but today is probably all but unknown. It has a very easy and singable melody with a message that deserves to be more widely available and sung than it is.  Regardless of what may happen to us in this life, it is good to be able to put our trust in the Lord and sing "The Comfort Song."

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