Scripture Verse

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. Psalm 55:22

Introduction

Words: J. L. M. Young, in Soul Win­ning Songs, Part 1 (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pe­ter Bil­horn, 1896), num­ber 49.

Music: Hay­ward Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, 1896 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Peter P. Bilhorn
1865–1936

[Look to Jesus] was the ad­vice of a Sab­bath school teach­er to a class of boys, in Men­do­ta, Il­li­nois, among whom was P. P. Bil­horn, then about six years old. In less than a year he had oc­ca­sion to test this ad­vice, as he came near to death.

He was car­ried away in a rush­ing tor­rent from a cloud burst. All ef­forts to save him­self were in vain, as the grass and weeds, which he caught, gave way to the flood. Help­less, he then lift­ed his hands and heart to Je­sus, and was saved.

Two men, on a bridge be­low, un­der which the cur­rent was rush­ing, reached down, caught the up­lift­ed hands and drew him out.

None too soon, for he lay un­con­scious for two long hours. An Ir­ish sail­or worked ov­er him till the lungs were emp­tied of wa­ter and res­pir­a­tion re­stored.

The fol­low­ing hymn is wri­tten in mem­o­ry of that event, as an ex­hor­ta­tion to ev­ery soul in trou­ble, to look to Him who is Migh­ty to Save.

Peter Bilhorn

Lyrics

Look to Jesus, when in trouble,
Let Him always for thee care;
Cast thy burden on the Savior
All thy griefs He came to bear.

Refrain

Look to Jesus! look to Jesus!
See Him hanging on the tree!
Through His death, He came to save us;
See Him dying there for thee!

Look to Jesus, when the billows
Rush o’er thee, a mighty wave;
Lift thy hand and soul to Heaven,
Christ Himself will quickly save.

Refrain

Look to Jesus, when temptations
Lure thee from the narrow road,
Touched with all thy human feelings,
He will bear thy heavy load.

Refrain

Look to Jesus, when in trouble,
When by sin and sorrow pressed;
Don’t reject His precious promise,
Come to Me, I’ll give thee rest.

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