Turn your eyes upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
  Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
  In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Jay Twine

Nedlands, WA, United States

We sometimes play this at my congregation, and I love it! I think many young people (such as myself) ignore the old hymns because they're not as upbeat and fun, or as emotionally priming as more modern contemporary Christian music. Yet everytime I visit them I'm astounded by how deep and biblical they often are, and they are so beautiful. I pray that we don't ever abandon the hymns.

Elwood Russell

Lurgan Com Armagh, Armagh, United Kingdom

what blessed words and how good to live in the reality of them over sixty years many thanks God bless

Leila J

Sydney, NSW, Australia

I love music and since I was little I loved to sing.

God saved me miraculously when In my twenties and I gave my heart and my life to Christ.

Since then I vowed to sing only to My LORD who gave me a new life and an eternal life with HIM.

I love this song, I was searching online for the full words of this hymn and I only found it on this website. Thank you and God bless you


Brooklyn, NY, United States

I sang the chorus of this hymn to my dad in the midst of his Alzheimer’s.

As I sang it at his bedside when there was no evidence of lucidity. I always knew that the truth of this Him would break through the forgotten and the loss. Last night I was reminded that in my own hurt, the only answer is to turn my eyes upon Jesus.


Atlanta, GA, United States

I was introduced to Christ by a co-worker of mine. Ever since attending small home meetings, we have sung the song a few times as a group. This is such a beautiful hymn! We have to open our hearts and arms to invite Christ into us.


Accra, Ghana

A friend of mine lost her job. Her mother is sick, My friend loves God so much . And this time she's praying to God for help. I stand with her in prayer deprived of sleep. I have done all I can as a human being to help her. But nothing works. So I remembered this song....

Judson Lee Leafasia

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

I learnt the chorus as a kid at Sunday School but never heard or seen the verses to the song or who wrote it. In this materialistic world this is the most powerful antidote to greed, covetousness and greed. Love the tune and the words.

Rosita Enriquez

Anaheim, California, United States

I have always been interested in the origin of the hymns; what inspired the author, what experiences and situations were going on when The Lord gave the hymn, etc.

I had heard a little of the author of this hymn, I searched and found out the following:


Helen Howarth Lemmel was born in England in 1863, into the home of a Wesleyan minister who immigrated to America when Helen was a child. She loved music, and her parents provided the best vocal teachers they could find. Eventually Helen returned to Europe to study vocal music in Germany. In time, she married a wealthy European, but he left her when she became blind, and Helen struggled with multiple heartaches during midlife. At age 55, Helen heard a statement that deeply impressed her: "So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will see that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness."

“I stood still, ” Helen later said, “and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but nonetheless dictated by the Holy Spirit. ” Pastor Doug Goins of Palo Alto, California, and his parents, Paul and Kathryn Goins, both 82, of Sun City, Arizona, knew Helen in Seattle. “she was advanced in years and almost destitute, but she was an amazing person, ” said Doug. “She made a great impression on me as a junior high child because of her joy and enthusiasm. Though she was living on government assistance in a sparse bedroom, whenever we’d ask how she was doing, she would reply, ‘I’m doing well in the things that count. ’” One day, the Goins invited her to supper. “We had never entertained a blind person before, ” recalled Kathryn, “and it was interesting. Despite her infirmities, she was full of life. ”

“She was always composing hymns, ” said Kathryn. “She had no way of writing them down, so she would call my husband at all hours and he’d rush down and record them before she forgot the words. ” Helen had a small plastic keyboard by her bed. There she would play, sing and cry. “One day, God is going to bless me with a great heavenly keyboard, ” she’d say. “I can hardly wait! ” Helen Lemmel, who wrote nearly 500 hymns during her lifetime, died in Seattle in 1961, 13 days before her 98th birthday."

(Retrieved on 4. 9. 21 from the internet)


Fremont, CA, United States

I recently spent a couple of days at a spa getaway just to be by myself and think things through. My husband passed away almost 3 years ago and I had yet to move into acceptance. This tune kept playing over and over in my mind but started with “Cast your cares upon Jesus. I rarely pray for myself because I feel guilty and selfish, thinking I should always pray for others. Cast your cares upon Jesus. I did. I asked for peace of heart and mind. I asked for His peace that surpasses all understanding. I asked and true to His promise, I received.


Fayetreville, AR, United States

So beautiful and timely. Thank your Jesus