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Looking Always Unto Jesus
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…(Hebrews 12:2)
1. Let us run with perseverance,
Pressing forward by God’s grace,
Looking always unto Jesus,
‘Til we see Him face to face.
In the day when we are tempted
And enticed to leave the way,
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus
And in Him we shall not stray.
2. In the day of joy and gladness,
Let us come and bring our praise,
For when we look unto Jesus,
We have cause to thank always.
In the day of grief and sorrow,
Let us run and be assured,
To the ones who look to Jesus,
God makes all things work for good.
3. In the day when we grow weary,
Let us rise and strive and fight.
We must keep our eyes on Jesus,
Lest we sleep while it is light.
Let us not become discouraged
When the way grows steep and long,
But affix our eyes on Jesus;
He can change our sighs to song.
4. Many saints have gone before us;
They bear witness, God is true.
As they ran and looked to Jesus,
He brought each one safely through.
Press on Christian, run with patience,
Whether you find ease or strife;
Never take your eyes off Jesus,
Only He has Words of Life.
One of my personal delights in attending the Southern Baptist Founders Conference each year, along with the wonderful preaching, singing and fellowship, is the time spent away from my numerous activities and responsibilities that provides spiritual refreshment in extended time for meditation, prayer, and (for me) time to compose and write music.
On the first evening of the 1995 Founders Conference, Tuesday, July 25th, Dr. Fred Malone, now pastor of First Baptist Church in Clinton, Louisiana, preached a message from Hebrews 12:1-2 on “Fixing our Eyes on Jesus.” During the week I meditated on Fred’s message and wrote the hymn during the trip home from the conference on July 29, 1996. I set the words, after I arrived home, to an existing tune, ELLESDIE, attributed to Mozart.
Along with concepts from the message, the hymn contains several allusions to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan’s allegory is a lesson in perseverance as Christian strives to stay in the Way and reach the Celestial City. When we are enticed to leave the Way, we must remember and look to our Savior to keep us from wandering off the path. When we face climbing Hill Difficulty, we must not be discouraged, but press on to the top. While it is light, we must be careful to stay alert and not sleep, lest night overtake us.
The hymn is actually a “spiritual song” addressed not to God, but to the church as an encouragement to persevere in the faith. Regardless of our circumstances, be they pleasant or difficult, it is essential to our perseverance that we always look to Christ, always remembering and meditating on what He has accomplished on our behalf.
- Ken Puls
Words © 1998 Kenneth Puls
Tune: ELLESDIE (220.127.116.11.D.)
Music attibuted to W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) – Public Domain
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