Jesus! shall the watchword be,
For the year that is before us
Jesus’ name the world shall see
As the banner waving o’er us—
Over all who Him obey,
And are walking in His way.
Jesus’ name and Jesus’ grace
We in Zion are confessing,
And whene’er we seek the place
Where that name commands the blessing,
There we shall His glory see,
There the heart His temple be.
With that name upon our lips,
We will go where’er He guide us;
With that star before our steps
Nothing evil can betide us.
Bright will be each hour and place
With the sunshine of His grace.
Through that name our fiery pains
Grow a purifying ordeal,
And our bitterest cup contains,
Through its power a wholesome cordial.
Jesus’ name is sun and shield,
And will endless solace yield!