The Name of Jesus – John Newton (1725-1807)

I was reading this hymn today in one of my favorite “rescued from the public library” finds, Hymns as Poetry. It is a hymn written by John Newton. I could not find any music to the hymn on my very quick internet search – I shall purchase a Starbucks coffee, your choice, if you find the music to this hymn on line and provide me a link. However, the music is not as important here as the message of this song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I:

The Name of Jesus

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
‘Tis Manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary rest.

Dear name! the Rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding place;
my never-failing treas’ry fill’d
with boundless stores of grace.

By thee my pray’rs acceptance gain,
altho’ with sin defil’d;
Satan accuses me in vain,
and I am own’d a child.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I’ll praise thee as I ought.

‘Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy name
refresh my soul in death.

I found that such a wonderful thought-provoking hymn! It assisted me in focusing on Christ and exalting him for who he is! I would love to be able to sing this some time in our corporate worship. I think it may also be a good resource in counseling. Think about how this would aid a counselee in focusing on Christ. Can you think of some “homework” that may come from a reading of this hymn? If so, please share!


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