2006-01-16

The Name of Jesus

The words to this hymn have been running through my head the past few days. I really like it. It always makes me think of the part in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where Mr. and Mrs. Beaver first mention Aslan to the children. Lewis describes the different sensations the children feel when they first hear "Aslan." Mostly it's a positive reaction, but for Edmund, whose heart is not right, the name disturbs him.

So whenever I think of that, I hope that the name of Jesus has this effect on me. These are my favorite verses.

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.

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

3. Dear Name, the rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!

5. Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end,
Accept the praise I bring.

6. Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I'll praise Thee as I ought.

7. 'Til then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy name
Refresh my soul in death.

© Bill Moore Music.

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