~* TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS *~
Words & Music by Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I've seen the face of Jesus...
It was a wondrous sight!
Oh, glorious face of beauty,
Oh gentle touch of care;
If here it is so blessed,
What will it be up there?
~W. Spencer Walton
In our fast-paced daily life, how easy it is to get caught up in the "things of earth" so that eternal values become blurred and almost forgotten. As we conclude the
first month's journey through this new year, we need today's hymn to remind us that we must continue to make Christ the central core of our lives--to first pursue the
Kingdom of God and His righteousness--if we are to be victorious believers.
In 1918, Helen Howarth Lemmel, the author and composer of this hymn, was given a tract by a missionary friend. As she read it, Helen's attention was focused on
this line: "So then, turn you eyes upon Him, look full into His face, and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness." She related:
"Suddenly, as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still; and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus of the hymn with not one conscious moment of putting
word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody." She shared that the verses were written the same week, "after the usual manner of composition,"
but with just as much Holy Spirit blessing.
Since that day, Helen Lemmel's hymn has been translated into many languages and used by God to challenge believers around the world with the necessity of living
devoted lives for His glory.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
*For Today*: Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-4
Purpose to enjoy more fully the fellowship of Christ now and throughout the remainder of this new year. Let these words remind you to face each situation with
Music url: The Cyber Hymnal
Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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