Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

 

   

I'll Be Your Friend

Background

This song is a celebration of the gift of friendship, and a commitment of friendship no matter what may come.  Life can be very difficult, with many challenges and heartaches.  Among God's gifts to bring us through those time are faithful friends.  This song focuses not on the hardships of the singer, but on the hardships of others, and makes a commitment to be a friend for them in their need.

This was written for the St. John's Lutheran School 8th grade graduating class of 2001.  It is appropriate for a graduation, a friendship celebration, or any time that we gather as brothers and sisters and Christian friends in Christ.

For the recording, this song is sung by Sophia Johnson, a seventh grade student at St. John's Lutheran School.

Bible Verses

Proverbs 18:24, John 15:13-14

Themes

Friendship, Fellowship, Affliction

 

Lyrics

Verse 1
When you’re down
And you need someone who cares to come around,
Someone to listen to the aching in your heart,
Someone to take your part,
Someone to take your hand and lead you through
I’ll be there to care, to share,
To walk the road with you
And I will make this promise now to you: 

Chorus
I’ll be your friend.
And I’ll always be there.
You can depend that I’ll never leave you
And though we may be apart,
You’ll stay in my heart.
You can depend till the end
That I will be your friend.

Verse 2
Life is hard.
So many hurts, so many ways to break your heart
And what you need is just a friend to stay with you,
A friend to pray with you,
A friend to point the way to better days.
I praise the Lord my God for ev’ry precious gift He sends.
And I’m praising Him today for all my friends.

Verse 3
This is my prayer:
That God will always bless this friendship we share,
And that I’ll be a friend to help you stand up tall,
Forgive you when you fall,
To share the love of Jesus through it all.
So many things I own that will some day fade away.
More precious are my friends with me today.