How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Of the many hymns written by John Newton (1725-1807), I think this is one of the sweetest. Listed as Hymn 57 in the Olney Hymns Collection, Newton titled it The Name of Jesus, but as with many hymns most people recognize it by the first line.

I like a contemporary, Nashville version, performed by Matthew Perryman Jones. He doesn’t sing the complete hymn, but I think you’ll enjoy it more than the classical versions you may find.

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

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 treas’ry 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,
My 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.

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