Sunday, July 09, 2006

Since Jesus Came Into My Heart

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Chorus:
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Floods of joy o'er my soul Like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I have ceased from my wand'ring and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And my sins, which were many, are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

I'm possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

There's a light in the valley of death now for me,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And the gates of the City beyond I can see,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And I'm happy, so happy, as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Lyrics by Rufus Henry McDaniel

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 29, 1850, near Rip­ley, Brown Coun­ty, Ohio.
Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 13, 1940, Day­ton, Ohio.

McDaniel was ed­u­cat­ed at Park­er’s Acad­e­my in Clare­mont Coun­ty, Ohio. He re­ceived a preach­ing li­cense at age 19, and was or­dained a min­is­ter of the Christ­ian Church in 1873. After serv­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Ohio, in­clud­ing Ham­ers­ville, Hig­gins­port, Cen­ter­burg, Su­gar Creek, and Cin­cin­na­ti, he re­tired in Day­ton, Ohio. He wrote more than one hun­dred hymns dur­ing his life.

6 comments:

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Another excellent hymn. McDaniel was a more recent hymn writer.

Anonymous said...

I am a member of the United Church of Christ Historical Council, and am researching hymns of our predecessor denominations, specifically McDaniel's Christian Church. I am curious to know where to locate other hymns by McDaniel.

Thanks!

Dr. Timothy Brown, Commissioned Minister
acecomposer at netzero dot net

jgf said...

I got this one at http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/hymnsjs.htm?n.

alan moon said...

the words of rufus henry and the
music of charles gabriel have been
a witness to the power of Jesus
Christ in the lives of all who
know and love the Lord

Anonymous said...

I would like to know more about his life. Parents, Brother & or any Sisters.
jik

redneck preacher said...

McDaniel wrote this song after the death of his son.

I look forward to meeting this guy.