I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say – Bonar/Twit version

We’ve been singing Kevin Twit’s rehymned version of Horatius Bonar’s hymn “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” during communion recently.  I blog about it because I actually had a few people from church tell me that it was a helpful meditation for them during the Lord’s Supper.  We sing it simply with guitar, piano and violin.  There is a whole list of hymns that churches sing now there were originally written as children’s hymns.  This is one such.  You can download a collection of Bonar’s Hymns from Google books here.

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
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1 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
And He has made me glad.

2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in Him.

3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
And all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
In Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till travelling days are done.


Text: Horatius Bonar, 1846
Music: Kevin Twit, 1998

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