Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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

In thinking of the name of Jesus one of the first hymnswhich 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.


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