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2020-05-30 Jesus, Name Above All Names with O, How I Love Jesus

In 1931, Nadia Hearn was born to Bill and Elsie O’Hara, in Palmerston North, New Zealand. As a young child, she attended a Methodist Sunday school where she began to learn the things of the Bible. During her personal Bible study, she became interested in the different Biblical names given to Jesus and their meanings. She even made a list of those names.

One day in the early 1970s, as she made her way to the family washhouse to do the laundry, she carried with her the paper on which she had written the names given to Jesus. She placed the paper on the window sill in order that she might see it as she worked.

She told me, “While I was doing the family washing, the Lord gave me the first line of a song. I began singing, ‘Jesus, name above all names.’ I continued and sang the whole song just as you hear it today. I just opened my mouth and all of the words came out, the melody and everything. I just sang it.”

The song was soon being sung by her local congregation at New Life Church in Palmerton North and in time it became a worldwide favorite. Naida said, "The Spirit impressed on me that it was to be sung as a love song. It's all about Him. You should sing it softly, slowly and reverently. This is what He wanted."


In the piano arrangement I am playing today, this simple chorus has been paired with a much more familiar hymn, O, How I Love Jesus.  

If you were to guess, what would you think this song is about?

If you were to only focus on the chorus, you might assume this hymn is about our love for Jesus. If you were to focus on the last 5 words of the chorus, you might assume it is about Jesus’ love for us. That’s close… but not quite right.

The verses of this hymn were written by a British minister named Frederick Whitfield in 1855. And he probably never heard the chorus that was later attached to it. The chorus is a 19th-century American folk song that was sung in many camp meetings at that time.

So, what did Frederick intend this song to be about? It’s about Jesus’ name!

“There is a name I love to hear” – the name “Jesus”.  That name tells me who He was and what He was sent here to do: to save people form their sins.  The name “Jesus” gives me daily hope and help. The name “Jesus” reminds me that He bears my sorrow and pain.

Adapated from: https://thescottspot.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/o-how-i-love-jesus-written-in-1855

My prayer for you today is that you learn more every day about the One Who is the Name above all names. 

Scripture: Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 NIV

Jesus, Name Above All Names
Beautiful Saviour, Glorious Lord
Emmanuel, God Is With Us
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

There is a name I love to hear, 
I love to sing its worth; 
it sounds like music in my ear, 
the sweetest name on earth. 

O how I love Jesus, 
O how I love Jesus, 
O how I love Jesus, 
because he first loved me!

It tells me of a Savior's love, 
who died to set me free; 
it tells me of his precious blood, 
the sinner's perfect plea. 


It tells me what my Father has

In store for ev’ry day

And though I tread a gloomy path

Yields sunshine all the way.


It tells of one whose loving heart 
can feel my deepest woe; 
who in each sorrow bears a part 
that none can bear below. 

*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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