Scripture Verse

God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9–11


Fall of the Rebel Angels
Luca Giordano

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749. This is a cen­to from Je­su, Ac­cept the Grate­ful Song.

Music: Grä­fen­berg Jo­hann Crü­ger, Prax­is Pi­e­ta­tis Me­li­ca, 1647 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley

This hymn has long been a great fa­vour­ite with the Me­tho­dist peo­ple gen­er­al­ly, and sev­er­al well au­then­ti­cat­ed in­stanc­es are known of its hav­ing been used by god­ly per­sons to ex­orc­ise the devil.

The facts which sug­gest­ed the com­po­si­tion are re­cord­ed by Charles Wes­ley in his Jour­nal un­der date of 6th Au­gust, 1744. Hav­ing been preach­ing in the small church at Lan­east, in Corn­wall, and con­demn­ing the drunk­en re­vels of the peo­ple, whilst urg­ing them to re­pent and be con­vert­ed, one in the con­gre­ga­tion con­tra­dict­ed and blas­phemed.

Charles Wes­ley asked, Who is he that pleads for the de­vil? The re­vil­er stood bold­ly for­ward, the preach­er fear­less­ly ex­posed his in­i­qu­ity, and showed the whole con­gre­ga­tion their state by nature. Mr. Wes­ley’s wi­ther­ing ex­po­sure drove the man in dis­grace out of the church. These cir­cum­stanc­es are be­lieved to have sug­gest­ed the writ­ing of the hymn.

Stevenson, p. 45


Jesus! the name high over all,
In hell or earth or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.

Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
The name to sinners giv’n;
It scatters all their guilty fear,
It turns their hell to Heav’n.

Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
And life into the dead.

O that mankind might taste and see
The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me
Would all the world embrace.

O that my Jesu’s heavenly charms
Might every bosom move!
Fly, sinners, fly into those arms
Of everlasting love.

Thee I shall constantly proclaim,
Though earth and hell oppose;
Bold to confess Thy glorious name
Before a world of foes.

His only righteousness I show,
His saving grace proclaim;
’Tis all my business here below
To cry Behold the Lamb!

Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His name,
Preach Him to all and cry in death,
Behold, behold the Lamb!