The Name of Jesus

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

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

Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!

By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

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.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death!

This hymn was written by John Newton, who was said to have had a wild and wicked life before coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. After becoming a believer, he was a force for the Lord and wrote many beautiful hymns that we enjoy singing and praising God with today. I absolutely love this one, “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.”  Mr. Newton was just like me – a sinner saved by grace. I thank God for these beautiful words written by the hymn writer. I’m amazed by how these writers can put their thoughts together so perfectly.

How true are the words of this hymn? The sound of Jesus’ name to a believer is so sweet. There isn’t a better conversation I could have than one that has the slightest bit to do with Jesus. Recently, on a flight, I sat by a very sweet lady. I had the opportunity to talk to her for the entirety of the flight. We talked about many things, but it all had to do with our desire to love Jesus wholeheartedly, to know Him and to understand Him. If you asked me how we ended up talking about  what fills our heart, I really wouldn’t be able to explain. It still surprises me that the power of Jesus Christ is with me always. When I have no words, He speaks for me. All it takes is my obedience and submission to what He wants me to say or do. My time with this lady was definitely a divine appointment. I wasn’t originally supposed to sit in that seat, which makes this all even more special. I realized at the end of our conversation that divine appointments aren’t just meant for a believer to meet an unbeliever. These appointments could also include a believer meeting another believer so that His name would be glorified, which was definitely the case for us.

Talking for a little while to a complete stranger, who is  just like me and Mr. Newton, reassured me of who Jesus is. He is my Shepherd, Husband, Friend, Prophet, Priest and King, my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End – He is my everything. If talking to someone points me back to Christ and allows me to see Him clearer, I would say that was a successful, worthwhile conversation. Seeing someone else light up when talking about Jesus is just wonderful.

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.

When I see Jesus through the little happenings of life, it gives me more reasons to praise Him. Sometimes we need others to redirect our attention. Sometimes we need others who love Him to remind us that we, too, were saved and given an abundant life. What we always need is to hear His name. His name completes us and sustains us. Hearing of Him and speaking of Him is what fuels us.

I want to encourage y’all to talk about Him this week. It doesn’t have to be planned or fancy to any degree. It doesn’t even have to be a long conversation about anything specific. Just talk about Him. Tell someone about what it’s been like for you to live life with Jesus. You never know how sweet it may be to the other person to hear the name Jesus.

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