Wednesday, 25 March 2015

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds In a Believer's Ear

Who Wrote How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds in the Believer's Ear Hymn


In thinking of the name of Jesus one of the first hymns which comes to mind is that of John Newton, of which the two opening lines are:

"How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear."

This tribute to the name of Jesus will be given added significance in our use of it when we know that the author in his early life was very wild, and cursed and blasphemed in the most shocking manner.

He followed the sea and literally swore like a sailor, was captured by slave dealers, became a slave dealer himself, and, after a narrow escape from shipwreck, came to his senses, confessed his sins, and, when thirty-nine years of age, was ordained a clergyman of the Church of England.

Knowing these facts, we will value the tribute to the name of Jesus, probably paraphrased from an old Latin hymn of St. Bernard, but made to express the inner conviction of a truly converted sailor.


How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds In a Believer's Ear Lyrics

1 How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
  In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds,
  And drives away his fear,
  And drives away his fear,
  And drives away his fear,
It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds,
  And drives away his fear.

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,
  And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
  And to the weary rest,
  And to the weary rest,
  And to the weary rest,
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
  And to the weary rest.

3 Dear Name! the Rock on which we build;
  Our shield and hiding-place;
Our never-failing treasury, filled
  With boundless stores of grace,
  With boundless stores of grace,
  With boundless stores of grace,
Our never-failing treasury, filled
  With boundless stores of grace.

4 Jesus, our Savior, Shepherd, Friend,
  Our Prophet, Priest, and King;
Our Lord, our Life, our Way, our End,
  Accept the praise we bring,
  Accept the praise we bring,
  Accept the praise we bring,
Our Lord, our Life, our Way, our End,
  Accept the praise we bring.

5 Weak is the effort of our heart,
  And cold our warmest thought;
But when we see Thee as Thou art,
  We’ll praise Thee as we ought,
  We’ll praise Thee as we ought,
  We’ll praise Thee as we ought,
But when we see Thee as Thou art,
  We’ll praise Thee as we ought.

6 Till then we would Thy love proclaim
  With every fleeting breath;
And triumph in that blessed Name
  Which quells the pow’r of death,
  Which quells the pow’r of death,
  Which quells the pow’r of death,
And triumph in that blessed Name
  Which quells the pow’r of death.


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