TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS WITH YOU                                  written in 1870

The Story

Lydia Baxter (1809-1874) was a bedridden invalid for most of her life. Yet, people who were depressed came to visit her in order to have their spirits lifted.

Lydia and her sister were converted to the Christian faith, and were later responsible for establishing a Baptist church in their hometown of Petersburg, NY. She moved to New York City after marrying her husband John Baxter, a ship chandler, in 1832. They were able to have 3 children.

Christian leaders often met in her home for prayer and Bible Study.

Lydia loved to study the Bible and took special joy in learning the meaning of names in Scripture. But, to her, the Name above all names was the name of Jesus.

When she was asked –and she was asked often – how she could stay so cheerful, she answered, “I have a very special armor. I have the name of Jesus. When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent, I mention the name of Jesus, and he can’t get through to me anymore. When I feel badly and wonder if I will ever enjoy a good night’s sleep again, I take the name of Jesus and ask Him to give me the soothing balm of His presence. He does, and I soon drop off to sleep.”

Her special relationship with her Savior led her to write several hymns, and when Lydia was 61 years old, she wrote this testimony of her life; you may know it as “Precious Name, but its title is “Take the Name of Jesus with You”. William Doane put her words to music, and it was first published in a hymnal entitled Pure Gold in 1871.

This hymn became popular and was widely-used in Dwight L. Moody crusades of the late 19th century.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – take the name of Jesus with you wherever you go!

Take the Name of Jesus with you, child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you; take it then, where’er you go.

Refrain:
Precious Name, O how sweet!  Hope of earth and joy of Heav’n.
Precious Name, O how sweet!  Hope of earth and joy of Heav’n.

Take the Name of Jesus ever, as a shield from every snare;
if temptations ‘round you gather, breathe that holy Name in prayer.  (Refrain)

O the precious Name of Jesus!  How it thrills our souls with joy,
when His loving arms receive us, and His songs our tongues employ!  (Refrain)

At the Name of Jesus bowing, falling prostrate at His feet,
King of kings in Heav’n we’ll crown Him, when our journey is complete.  (Refrain)

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