Jesus! the Name High over All Lyrics
Hymn writer: Charles Wesley (1749)
1 Jesus, the Name high over all,
in hell or earth or sky;
angels and mortals prostrate fall,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus, the Name to sinners dear,
the Name to sinners giv’n;
it scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heav’n.
2 O that the world might taste and see
the riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me
would all the world embrace.
Thee I shall constantly proclaim,
though earth and hell oppose;
bold to confess Thy glorious Name
before a world of foes.
3 His only righteousness I show,
His saving truth proclaim;
’tis all my business here below
to cry, “Behold the Lamb!”
Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His Name,
preach Him to all, and cry in death,
“Behold, behold the Lamb!”
Jesus! the Name High over All Hymn Story
“Jesus! the Name High over All” is a hymn that was written by Charles Wesley. It was first published in 1749.
It however looks like this hymn was composed in or around 1744 as that is the time the circumstances that led to this hymn occurred.
In that year Charles Wesley was preaching in a small church in Cornwall, England when someone began contradicting him using all sorts of offensive words.
Charles Wesley was at this time preaching on the evils of drunkenness and urging people to repent. I would assume that this person was probably a lover of the bottle.
In the midst of these interruptions by this person, Charles exclaimed, “Who is he that pleads for the devil?”
The man stood up and Charles Wesley rebuked him and denounced his evil ways until he was taken out of the meeting.
This incident influenced Charles Wesley to write this hymn.
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