Enriched Affections- Jesus Lover of My Soul

Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Verses 1-3 by Charles Wesley | Verse 4 & Music by Joshua Huff

Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Your bosom   fly.
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high;
Hide me, O my Savior hide, ‘Till the storm of life is past.
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last!

You, O Christ, are all I want; More than all in You I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, Heal the sick and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am, Thou art full of truth and grace.

Endless grace with You is found, grace to cover all my  sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure with - in:
You, the fount of life do flow, freely let me drink of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity.

Heav’nward I lift up my eyes, Christ is on the mercy seat.
There I may receive the prize for He intercedes for me.
Sin’s dark curse of death has died, Christ the Lamb is all I see;
Joys eternal from my soul satisfied at last in Thee.

Ten years ago I had the opportunity of recording some original music. It spanned a few genres and many themes, but central to the project was the idea of enriching the affections of those that heard. God has certainly led me through a lot since the album was released, but His affection towards me hasn't changed, and I'm so grateful we've stayed close.

I originally wrote this song in the neighborhood of 2008-2009. I was introduced to it by a former pastor who loved the Trinity Hymnal version. To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan. The text was amazing, but the music didn't fit for me. It was very somber and felt heavy, like a song about the law, not a song about grace and Jesus, the Lover of my soul. So, I set about re-writing the melody and the result is what begins the album.

The fourth verse is also a result of the rewrite. Verse three pushes the singer to focus on eternity, but then it ends without a glimpse of what is to come. That is what I hoped to accomplish with a final verse. As the key modulates our eyes are lifted to Christ on the mercy seat. He has gone before us, securing the way to our eternal prize, Himself! The satisfaction our soul has longed for is finally realized with joys eternal.

I hope this song is an encouragement to you. There is much more to come. If you would like a free download of the song or other resources, please email me directly.


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