How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds by John Newton is a beautiful devotional hymn. John Newton (1725-1807) is well-known as hymn-writers go. We all know and love his most famous hymn, Amazing Grace as well as Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder. Newton, of all the hymns he wrote, actually loved this one the most and during his life it was the most popular in his congregation. It was published in the “Olney” collection. The fourth verse says, “By Thee my prayers acceptance find, Although with sin defiled; Satan accuses me in vain, And I am owned a child.” At the end of Newton’s life when his faculties were failing he said, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things — that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour.”
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!