Posts Tagged ‘O how I love Jesus’

Not that we loved God, but that he loved us

February 15, 2017


The focus of the Verse of the Day for February 15, 2017 continues to be on the love that God has for His people expressed in 1 John 4:10, to which is added verse 9 in the New Living Translation:

1 John 4:9-10:

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, the familiar hymn came to mind: “O How I Love Jesus” with its simple yet profound lyrics:

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to speak its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest name on earth.


O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,

Because He first loved me!
It tells me of a Savior’s love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.


It tells me of a Father’s smile
Beaming upon His child;
It cheers me through this little while,
Through desert, waste, and wild.


It tells me what my Father hath
In store for every day,
And though I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.


It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe;
Who in my sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.


It bids my trembling heart rejoice;
It dries each rising tear;
It tells me, in a still small voice,
To trust and never fear.


Jesus, the name I love so well,
The name I love to hear!
No saint on earth its worth can tell,
No heart conceive how dear.


This name shall shed its fragrance still
Along this thorny road,
Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill
That leads me up to God.


And there, with all the blood-bought throng,
From sin and sorrow free,
I’ll sing the new eternal song
Of Jesus’ love to me.


C. Michael Hawn discusses the history of this classic hymn of the Christian Church and points out that the text by Frederick Whitfield (1829-1904) has been a source of inspiration for more than 150 years.

Don Moen offers a special rendering of this memorable hymn of hope: