Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus: Inspiration from the Greatest Christian Song Lyrics of All Time

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Each one-page, 150-word devotional references a memorable quote from a famous song lyrics followed by a thoughtful exposition. Each day also includes a Bible verse and seed prayer. This attractive book will challenge, motivate and stir readers’ hearts and encourage them in their daily walk with God. Elegantly designed with 4-color throughout, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus is created in an enduring padded hardcover format that includes a satin ribbon marker.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936034567
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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This book features lyrics from many of the most beloved Christian songs of all time, including "Above All," "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Be Still My Soul," "Because He Lives," "Crown Him with Many Crowns," "Friend of God," "The Hallelujah Chorus," "Holy Ground," "In Christ Alone," "The Love of God," "Revelation Song" and "Seek Ye First."

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


By Larry Taylor

WORTHY PUBLISHING

Copyright © 2011 Worthy Publishing
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61795-025-4


CHAPTER 1

JANUARY


January 1


Then let our songs abound and every tear be dry. We're marching thro' Immanuel's ground to fairer worlds on high.

We're Marching to Zion


So Sing!

People have been singing in worship for centuries—music is a natural outpouring of our praise to God.

The book of Psalms records songs written and sung as an expression of Israel's worship. Today, Christians enjoy traditional hymns of the faith, as well as the passionate articulation of beliefs expressed in contemporary praise songs. Sometimes the songs are homespun and folksy; sometimes they are sounded through a hundred-voice choir in a cathedral. It makes no difference—though certain phrases may be new or unfamiliar, the beauty of the music and the sentiment of the lyrics expand our worship and lift our souls.

The language of music brings together nations all over the world as they raise their praises to God. Musical styles change and people worship in different languages, but the purpose remains—to praise and bring glory to God's name.

Let our songs abound. Raise your voice ... sing!


* * *

Read Psalm 98:1–3.

Father, I lift my voice in praise to you today.


January 2


'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

Amazing Grace


Safe Return

A young boy stood crying on the sidewalk outside a store, afraid because he'd temporarily gotten separated from his mother. The fear of being lost was immediate and overwhelming. Within seconds his mother appeared, equally terrified and then—spotting him—relieved that her boy was safe.

Thankfully, we serve a God who safely guides us and never—not even for a moment—loses track of where we are. Every day we are safe because our heavenly Father cares for us. There's no need to fear anything or anyone. Because God's hands are holding us, there's no need to be concerned about the unknown; his grace gives us safety. We can have confidence that God will provide and care for us on this earth until the day we will be with him forever.

On that final day, because of God's grace, Christ will lead the redeemed to our eternal home. What an ideal sense of security that provides!


* * *

Read Ephesians 2:8.

Lord, thank you for my eternal home and safety with you.


January 3


When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring, then anew this song we'll sing, hallelujah, what a Savior!

Hallelujah, What a Savior!


Going Home

Heading off to college is an especially thrilling time for high school graduates—particularly if they are "going away" to school. The thought of independence and launching into adulthood is understandably exciting. Yet for many, after a few weeks of being far from the familiarity of family and friends, homesickness sets in. Suddenly the countdown to parents' weekend or Thanksgiving break begins. What a sweet meeting that first visit is! Conversation, laughter, and hugs abound.

Now, imagine the remarkable reunion we'll experience when Jesus returns to gather us, his children. It's a journey home so extraordinary that all God's people will erupt in praise and worship. Are you anxiously awaiting Christ's arrival? When Jesus comes back to gather his children, we will be filled with joy that demands a song.


* * *

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17.

Thank you for the hope of going Home, Father.


January 4

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because Thy promise I believe.

Just as I Am


Just as I Am

"Come as you are." If we received an invitation to a gathering and were told, "It's casual," or "Come as you are," we certainly would still prep ourselves to look our best. We would shower, wash our hair, brush our teeth, and put on clean clothing. After all, we don't want anyone to see us at our smelly, dirty, unkempt selves—you know, the real us.

Christ has issued an invitation, and it says, "Come as you are." And he really means it. There's no image to maintain—he knows us. He's seen us at our worst. We don't have to clean ourselves up first to come into his presence. We don't have to overcome some sin, or wait until we're better people, or become more worthy of his company. Instead, we can come—foul, corrupt, messy, sinful, addicted, sad, resentful, bitter—and we let Jesus do his work in us. He welcomes, pardons, cleanses, relieves, and provides for us.

Do you believe it? Come as you are. Let him work in you.


* * *

Read Isaiah 55:1.

Lord, you draw me close, just as I am. I praise you!


January 5

Teach me Thy will, and Thy rich promises in me fulfill.... I need Thee, every hour I need Thee.

I Need Thee Every Hour


Lord of the Hours

Every day is filled with surprises. As each one starts, we enter into a world filled with the potential for challenge and temptation. The only safe way to proceed is to take Jesus with us. You can rely on him as you prepare for work, get the kids off to school, drive in your car, and deal with difficult people or tedious tasks.

We do need him every hour; we are strengthened when Jesus is near. When we prayerfully walk with him—allowing him to show us his will throughout the day (as opposed to our own)—he will fulfill his purposes through us.

Have you invited Jesus to be the Lord of your hours? When you surrender every action and relationship to him, life will be filled with purpose, peace, joy, and the knowledge that you are precisely where he wants you to be.


* * *

Read Matthew 6:8.

Father, help me find peace by relying on you.


January 6

Not death, nor life, nor anything, can ever separate me.

His Forever


Constant Companion

No matter what we walk through, God is with us. Nothing can separate us from his presence. He holds our hand through unexpected doubt and fear. He strokes our head when we are wretchedly ill. When we are lost in unfamiliar, uncharted territory, he guides us. He comes near when we feel lonely. He puts his arms around us as we grieve the loss of a loved one. He dances with us when good news is delivered. He smiles proudly when we accomplish our goals. He runs with us when we feel strong and energetic. When there is a brilliant sunset, we together embrace the awesome beauty of his creation. He lets us whisper our concerns to him in the darkness of night when everyone else is deep asleep.

He is our constant Companion ... the one who will never leave us no matter what. Nothing can ever separate us.


* * *

Read Psalm 23:4.

Lord, thank you for being my constant Companion.


January 7

The Cross before me, the world behind, no turning back.

Not to Us


No Turning Back

Following Jesus does not come with a "30-day trial" clause like an Internet purchase or an insurance policy. Following Jesus is for keeps.

When Jesus told his disciples to pick up their crosses and follow him, it was not just a figure of speech. Many of Jesus' earliest followers followed in his footsteps, right up to their own personal crosses. And though few Christians in the Western world have known martyrdom in recent centuries, the slaughter of believers elsewhere has not stopped.

In North America, generations of Jesus' followers may yet have to come to grips with life or death choices that regularly face our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world. We do not know what the future will hold, other than our God. But we need to decide now that we will follow Jesus right to—and through—the end.


* * *

Read Luke 9:23.

I'm yours, Lord. No turning back. Make me faithful!


January 8

You are my strong melody. You are my dancing rhythm.

You Are So Good to Me


Let's Dance

The book of Psalms has a lot to say about music and dance. In fact, David demonstrated this form of praise when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem. Many of David's psalms praise the Lord for his grace, for turning his people's mourning into dancing, and for bringing songs to their lips. The Bible depicts dancing as a pure expression of joy.

When we are feeling low, singing and dancing may be the last activities we want to do! Yet it is in times of hurt and distress that we should seek God's face through Scripture and also be open to the hope that is so often conveyed through song. He can use the gift of praise and worship music to lift a burdened spirit.

Allow God to give you the melody that will make you want to dance—regardless of what you face—today.


* * *

Read Psalm 149:3.

O God, you are the song in my heart and my dance of joy!


January 9

Search me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.

Cleanse Me


Coming Clean

We call them excuses. Placing the blame where it belongs (on somebody else!). Little white lies. Or having a sweet tooth. But the Bible calls these things sin. Unfortunately, we can so successfully hide our own sins from ourselves, that we need God's help to search them out.

Conviction is necessary, and confession is indeed good for the soul. Cleansing comes when we speak the truth and agree with God's Word; we admit, "You're right, God. I gossiped about my boss to my coworker today, and that's sin. Please forgive me."

Sure, God already knows the truth. But when we confess our splattered mud and water stains, he starts scrubbing the windows of our hearts until they let nothing through but clear sunlight. That's a real spring cleaning.


* * *

Read 1 John 1:9.

Show me what's in my heart, Lord, so I can come clean with you.


January 10

He is our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation; hail Him, hail Him, Jesus the crucified!

Praise Him! Praise Him!


Blood Purchase

With Christ as our personal Savior, giving thanks should become a throughout-the-day worship opportunity. Our greatest reason to give him thanks, of course, is for sacrificing himself to save us. Praising his name for this alone never becomes tiresome or repetitious in God's ears.

In Revelation 5, John reassures, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed." Jesus triumphed over sin and death. Eternal salvation was purchased when Jesus willingly shed his redeeming blood through crucifixion. Every tribe, language, people, and nation in this entire world is covered by Christ's sacrifice, if they will accept his precious gift of life.

This is why we hope, why we rejoice, why we praise Him! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!


* * *

Read Revelation 5:9.

My hope, Lord Jesus, is in you. You are my Rock, my Deliverer.


January 11

He's alive and I'm forgiven; heaven's gates are open wide.

He's Alive!


Sweetest Victory!

Athletes train and struggle through fiercely grueling head-to-head competitions in order to be crowned champion. Unfortunately, regardless of how valiantly a warrior battles, there can be only one victor.

John's vision in Revelation 1 of our Messiah makes the soul tremble with joy. Verses 17-18 (NKJV) read: "And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, 'Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.'"

Sweet, sweet victory! Sin can no longer keep its stranglehold on our souls; Christ is alive and has conquered the enemy. By the power of his holy blood we are forgiven and heaven's gates now open wide for us. Praise God, Jesus Christ is alive!


* * *

Read John 20:1–10.

My Lord and God, thank you for making a way for me to have victory over sin and death!


January 12

What rejoicing in His presence when are banished grief and pain, when the crooked ways are straightened and the dark things shall be plain.

Face to Face


Just Passing Through

On January 12, 2010, the worst earthquake in more than two hundred years struck Haiti. Twelve aftershocks followed the devastating quake that left more than three hundred thousand people dead and displaced millions. In the midst of the homelessness and devastation, the death toll continued to rise. Photographers captured the grief, pain, and destruction that plagued the country.

Jesus desires to give us comfort and rest in the midst of our sorrows, and he promises to bring peace to all who will place their faith in him. Although grief and pain will come, Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

This world is a temporary experience for us; we do not have to endure its pain and devastation forever. When you stand before God, there will be no more sorrow and tribulation. No more tears. Only peace. Only joy. Forever.


* * *

Read 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Dear Father, I am overwhelmed by the joy and peace I experience in your presence, even here on earth.


January 13

Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work's in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.

There is a Balm in Gilead


Persist

In the Bible, Gilead was known as a center of healing—a place where the sick could find doctors and medicines in ready supply. Sometimes we become so burdened and weary from ongoing ministry efforts that we require supernatural restoration. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Healer who loves us back to strength, allowing us to press on.

By laboring for Christ, we are subject to ridicule and persecution. Our presentation of salvation might fall on deaf ears or be ignored. Our service might be taken for granted. Or our way forward repeatedly sabotaged, detoured, or blocked.

But hold steady. Don't give in to despair. Press on. God treasures you and everything you do for his glory. Scripture tells us that while we may not actually see fruit from the seeds we sow, he will take care of the increase. Nothing that's done in his name and according to his will is unnecessary, useless, or unproductive.


* * *

Read Luke 12:6–7.

Holy Spirit, give me the strength to continue that you may be glorified.


January 14

This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

What Child Is This?


Undercover Savior

The New Testament Gospels tells us the sky echoed with praises as angels sang on the night of Jesus' birth. His coming had been foretold for generations, but few expected that Christ the King would come to our rescue in the form of a helpless, innocent baby. In a stable, shepherds guarded the manger where the Savior of the world laid. The One who had created the angels and could command legions had arrived in the most modest way possible to humble parents.

What Child is this? He is Immanuel—"God with us"—Messiah, the Word, King of kings, Savior, the Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Lamb of God. What Child is this? His name is Jesus. The Promised One who would grow to become the man, whose faithful obedience to his heavenly Father's will would conquer sin and death's grip over the souls of all mankind.

To receive Jesus as your personal Savior, read Romans 10:9 and do as it asks; celebrate Joy coming into this world. Put your trust in Christ the King.


* * *

Read Luke 1:66.

No words can express my gratitude for your birth, precious Savior.


January 15

Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest.

Blessed Assurance


Peace

When U.S. Air flight 1509 crashed into the Hudson River on that cold, January day, not one of the 154 passengers was harmed. Incredibly, there were no major injuries. The passengers knew they were fortunate, but one said, "It is a miracle that we needed." This man realized he was blessed to be alive! The courage and capability of the flight crew wowed everyone, but at least one acknowledged that God had been present with them too.

Because we as believers submit to God, we have access to peace and confidence in the face of tragedy, trauma, and turmoil. We can trust in his promises—the blessings for all believers—and simply rest in his care. Though it takes faith, when we surrender our will and place our dependence on God, rather than the things of man, he provides peace.


* * *

Read Acts 17:31.

God, you provide rest for my battered heart. It's just one of the reasons I need you!


(Continues...)

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