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!
Patricia Blackmon

North Haverhill, New Hampshire, United States

Thank you so much for posting this song. Was looking for it and found your website, what a blessing since I do not play an instrument and now can get the melody right instead of making one up. My Mom has dementia and only God gets me through and gives me His joy and peace. It feels like riding a roller coaster sometimes but He is faithful and singing praises to Him is vital to receiving His ongoing strength. Thank you!

Mildred Johnson

Tangier, Virginia, United States

I had this hymn running through my mind this morning. Thank you for publishing it. Thank you for this comment section.

One of the comments really stood out to me and it is so special I copied it for future reference. Sandy of Montreal, Canada on 10/17/19. Focus was my God given word for 2019 and anytime I see this word it captures my attention.

The comparisons she makes of mother and baby I can relate to very easily as children are very special to me. I love the part that she says to Deliberately turn my eyes, shift focus. Yes it does require us to participate in order to receive His full blessings.

THANK YOU, ALL for your comments!


Cynthia Kunz

Hartland, Michigan, United States

I love this song🥰 so perfect dealing with my mom who has dementia. I do have some help I’ve added it into our budget. It’s through Catholic charities “Be our guest” $$$ it’s been an answer to my prayers. She really enjoys it and she loves the person who drives her, this group is also a blessing. I am so thankful for them. So this song was wonderful to sing at this moment!!! 😑thank you. C🌷

Lisa Shelton

Granger, Indiana, United States

I was deeply moved when I read several of these comments. It's especially uplifting for me when I hear from fellow believers who reside in different countries than my own. Lately, I have been feeling sad and alone because it seems like it's hard to find true practicers of the Faith around me. So, thank you for leaving your comments, they were a great blessing to my soul 😊❤

Wilbur Khatete

Kampala, Uganda

I have personally seen things of this world grow strangely dim. Christ has shown His Sovereignty over things meant for me and those not for me.

This song greatly relates with a day to day life of a believer


Montreal, Canada

I listened to this hymn a few days ago. I have known and sang it for years, but it made me very emotional this time around. I can't get it out of my head! Am thinking about the loving wonderful face of Jesus, looking down at me. I visualize the love , grace of a mother holding a baby in their arms, and the security the baby feels knowing that everything else around is diminished and insignificant because of the love in those comforting eyes.

'The light of His Glory and Grace' makes all other things small! What comfort!

My work remains to deliberately turn my eyes, shift focus, look to where there is that wonderful face. May He continue to guide the movements of my neck!


Liverpool, United Kingdom

Thanks so much to the previous writer for the background to this song.

"There's light for a look at the Saviour and life more abundant and free."

This is no ordinary look or mere glance. According to the type of the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:8-9, the one who wanted to be healed needed to " look attentively, expectantly and with a steady and absorbing gaze" [Amp Bible].

Only this kind of looking will save us.

Ana Lara

United States

Hellen Howard Lemmel (1864-1961) was born in Wardle, England. Her father was a Wesleyan Methodist Pastor. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 12. They lived in Mississippi before settling In Wisconsin.

Ms. Lemmel had a reputation of being a brilliant singer. She studied private voice in Germany for four years. In the 1900’s she gave concerts throughout the Midwest. She also taught voice in Moody Bible Institute as well as Bible Institute in LA. In 1961, Hellen moved to Seattle and served actively at Ballard Baptist Church.

Ms. Lemmel wrote 500 hymns and poems. She also wrote a successful children’s book (Story of the Bible) and composed several children’s music pieces.

This hymn was written by Ms. Lemmel In 1922 at the age of 54. It is also known as “The Heavenly Vision”- she also wrote the music. It was inspired by a track she received from a missionary friend in 1918 called “Focused: A Story and Song” written by Isabella Lilias, an English artist and missionary to Muslims in Algeria.

Allen McDaniel

Orlando, Florida, United States

I have been blessed by this song for many years. Yesterday I was at the local VA Medical center for treatment of macular degeneration in my left eye. I suggested to staff members that this should be the theme song of the medial clinic, knowing that they would not and could not, but I sang it in the halls while there. Certainly made me feel better - as well as many of the people who heard it and commented!

Ann Phillips

Wilkes, NC, United States

I had cataract surgery 3 days ago. This song is on my heart today. I’m praying for greater vision of the Father. The only way to get that is by looking ( with literally better vision ) straight into the EYES of His Son!! Yeshua !