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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lyrics- Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Every Sunday the lyrics from some great piece of Christian music will be featured. It's not that I want worship to revert to using all hymns, it's just that many modern Christian songs don't SAY anything. I really miss some deeper meaning. So I'm going to remind us of some great words.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (1922)
by Helen Lemmel

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grown strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Thru death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more has dominion-
For more than conqu'rors 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.


I will not always tell the background of a song, but occasionally one will be particularly meaningful.

Helen Lemmel was born in 1964 in England but her family soon moved to America. She loved music and returned to Europe to study, marrying there. However, when she became blind, her husband left her. One day, she heard the following, "So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things on earth will acquire a strange new dimness." Within a week she had written this hymn, and always attributed it to the Holy Spirit.


Duxbury Ramblers said...

A beautiful hymn - I agree I do have certain hymns that have memories and meaning, if asked I would have said "He Lives!" written by Alred H Ackley as being the one most prominent in my mind as I see Pearl, elderly lady (long since gone to see her saviour) walking along with her battered bible always in her bag, singing, she was only going shopping for her few daily needs but what a witness she was.

Sharkbytes said...

Thanks, Carol- That was always a great favorite of folks in the church where I grew up. I'll probably use it in the future.

Secondary Roads said...

A very inspiring hymn that I've sung for years. Thanks for sharing the story behind the hymn.