Worship in Song: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (Three Versions)

WORSHIP IN SONG for 12/6/19. QUOTE: “The Heavenly Vision”, also known as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (the first line of its chorus), is a hymn written by Helen Howarth Lemmel. It was inspired by a tract entitled Focused, written by the missionary Isabella Lilias Trotter. Today the chorus is widely known, and has become a standard reprinted in many hymnals. Lemmel first published the hymn in England as a pamphlet in 1918, and then included it in a 1922 collection called Glad Songs. It was included in a 1924 American collection entitled Gospel Truth in Song and was widely reprinted in other collections. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heavenly_Vision ]

Country artist Alan Jackson’s recording of this song for his father-in-law’s funeral in 2005 became the inspiration for his 2006 gospel album Precious Memories. [Ibid.]

A more contemporary worship version by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czxd5oa-gi0

A modernized version with different lyrics by Nichole Nordeman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBfHUrLGzNY (with lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ5Zy6_ikvk (with images)

For those who love Southern Gospel Quartets, here is another version:

The purpose of this blog post is to glorify God, with thanks to the artists that allow their work to be shared on YouTube. This blog offers these links for educational purposes and is entirely noncommercial.

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