“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
There couldn’t be a better hymn than “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” to partner with Spurgeon’s exhortation to turn away from ourselves and look to Jesus. The lyrics were written by Helen H. Lemmel in 1922, after she came upon a gospel track by missionary/artist Lilias Trotter, entitled “Focused.” Ms. Trotter wrote:
“So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”
Mary Barrett, Christian worship leader and cancer survivor, has recorded an acoustic version of this classic hymn, which you can listen to from my blue Music Box to the right. Be blessed by her beautiful voice affirming the call to Turn Our Eyes on Jesus, and while you listen, meditate on the timeless words:
Turn You Eyes Upon Jesus
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.
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!
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!
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!