Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus {Sunday Songs}

by Alison on February 2, 2014 · 1 comment

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
By Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Copyright 1922. Renewal 1950 by H.H. Lemmel. Assigned to Singspiration, Inc. All rights reserved.

This is one of those songs that I fell in love with the first time I heard it many years ago.

When I hear it in my head, I hear it like it sounds when sung by a large congregation in a room with fabulous acoustics and a wonderful piano player. I can hear the parts, the harmonies well-blended, especially as the piano drops out for the last chorus and the congregation finishes the song a cappella. It’s lovely.

I often find myself softly singing the chorus over and over (mostly because I don’t have the verses memorized!) I don’t sound quite like the version in my head, but it doesn’t stop me from singing it, the words are just too good, the message is just too important.

I pray, as the chorus says, that the things of this earth would grow dim in the light of His glory and grace. I pray that I would be turning my eyes upon Jesus. I pray that my husband and children would be turning their eyes upon Jesus. I pray that we would all look full in His wonderful face, and that the light of His glory and grace would shine so bright in our lives that the things of this world would be dimmed. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I pray the same prayer for you, dear reader.

May your Sunday be blessed!

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1 DaLynn McCoy February 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Beautiful! Do you do the songs every week? I’ve thought about doing a similar series, because our pastor pokes fun at the hymnals and some of those old songs have some great teachings. LOL (Some of them… not so much, so I see his point. But still.) Love your thoughts here; thanks for sharing!

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