Acoustic Jazz - "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"


This song was another selection from my Gospel Jazz Project where I would take a beloved church hymn and arrange in a jazz style. This one I did as a solo acoustic guitar piece. Many of these songs are simple arrangements consisting of a few chords and a lovely melody that is easy to learn. Working it up as a jazz arrangement requires giving it a new flavor by reharmonizing it with some rich chords in a more sophisticated arrangement and being careful not to destroy it's original beauty.

I’ve always loved this particular old gospel tune since I first heard it when I first gave my life to Jesus many years ago. I've even learned to play it on the piano. I don’t remember all of the lyrics but the first stanza has stuck with me for years. 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
(by Helen H. Lemmel}

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

The song is a wonderful reminder to not get weighed down by the stuff we deal with in this temporary world. Our life in Jesus is for eternity and is of more infinite worth than anything in this world. The bible has many verses encouraging us to look to God in 

  • "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
  • “Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
  • “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” (Psalm 121:1-3)

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