Music in My Soul

My heart's a tuneful harp when Christ abides within

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: [My heart's a tuneful harp when Christ abides within]
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 My heart's a tuneful harp when Christ abides within,
There's music in the name of Jesus;
But Satan always strikes the chords of doubt and sin;
I love the gentle touch of Jesus.

O there's music, sweetest music,
There's music in the name of Jesus;
O there's music, heav'nly music,
With Jesus in my soul.

2 How cheering is the voice of heav'nly melody!
How diff'rent is the world's complaining!
And we may make the choice of what this life shall be,
With promise of the life remaining. [Chorus]

3 When we are dead to Self, then are we dead to sin;
"An undivided heart," says Jesus;
Till then the Prince of Peace cannot abide within,
With Self there is no room for Jesus. [Chorus]

4 Don't bind the giant down, nor lay him on the shelf,
Nor leave him dead on Sini's mountain;
There's only one sure way to ride the heart of Self,
A burial deep in Calv'ry's fountain. [Chorus]

5 Then Love begins her life of work, and song, and prayer,
With not a moment lost in sighing;
To save a dying world, is all her tho't and care
For love is more than self denying. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #231

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My heart's a tuneful harp when Christ abides within
Title: Music in My Soul
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O there's music, sweetest music
Copyright: Public Domain



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