Jesus, Priceless Treasure

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A Christian is one who loves Jesus (John 8:42). Even though the Bible defines love in terms of obedience and character in such places as John 14:23 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, love must also contain affection. It is far too easy to make the Christian life about growing in knowledge and performance rather than growing in affection for and adoration and worship of our precious Lord Jesus. Consider Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” When a person finds the kingdom of God manifested in the person of Jesus, he will recognize it as so supremely valuable that he is willing to trade everything in His life of any worth to obtain it. There is a preciousness, an unfathomable worth to Jesus that drives the believer to cherish Him and long to be with Him. Perhaps this was one of the verses that motivated Johann Franck to write this hymn in the 17th century. May this arrangement and the chorus written in response to the original lyrics help us keep our love for Jesus warm as we express to Him how worthy He is of all of our affection!


             (Show Original Wordings)
Jesus, priceless treasure, source of purest pleasure,
Friend and brother true:
Oh, how long in anguish shall my spirit languish,
Yearning, Lord, for You?
Oh, Yours I am O Spotless Lamb, to follow Your command!
I will never leave You, seek no love beside You,
Jesus, priceless treasure of my heart.

Oh Jesus, my treasure, take my heart and make it Yours.
Oh Jesus, my precious Lord, I love You.

In Your arms I’m resting, all my foes are fleeing-
None can touch me here.
Though the earth be shaking, every heart be quaking,
Jesus calms my fear.
When lightnings flash and thunders crash I’m safely in Your grasp.
Though my sin assails me Jesus will not fail me,
Jesus, priceless treasure of my heart.

Banish fear and sadness for the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in.
Those who love the Father, though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within.
When grief and pain pour down like rain Your loving arms remain.
Count this world as nothing since the one I’m gaining
Is Jesus, priceless treasure of my heart.

Words by Johann Franck (1618-1677) [tr. Catherine Winkworth] & David L. Ward. Music by David L. Ward.
© 2007, admin by Thousand Tongues


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This song is the best!

I will be singing it a lot! :)
» Sherry C. on October 11th, 2008

[...] enjoyed listening to “Jesus, Priceless Treasure.” Here’s a few lines from it: Jesus, priceless treasure of my heart. Oh Jesus, my [...]
Eu tinha me esquecido como a coisas mais simples (voz e piano) podem tocar tão profundamente nossas almas...
Só vivendo no mundo do consumismo, do ter... esquecemos do SER, daquele que TUDO é e precisa ser TUDO para nós.
Amo a Jesus, de todo meu coração.
Meu tesouro...
» Decion on May 22nd, 2009

If anyone can provide a good translation of the Portugese comment above I'd be grateful! (The on-line translation services don't do too well!)
» David Ward on May 22nd, 2009

Thanks, David. Great hymn.
» Todd Braye on July 7th, 2009

Thanks a lot for this wonderful hymn. May the Lord continue to shower you with grace as you also continue to create music that edifies the soul. Thank you so much fellow pilgrims! soli Deo gloria!
» goldie on August 16th, 2009

Decion, Você me conhece ou é o outro Decion? Também amo a Jesus, de todo meu coração. Obrigada pelos pensamentos. Que o seu amor por Jesus aumente cada vez mais.
» Carol Schulz on November 1st, 2009

Praise God for your ministry. In these times all we can do is rely on Jesus, our Priceless Treasure. His satisfying Word can give peace and encouragement to accomplish what He has commanded.
» rhey on March 22nd, 2010

Very nice song! Thanks!
» Rick Owen on April 30th, 2010

i love this song
i am performing it with a group of friends for graduation and we're doing harmony
» nikki on June 1st, 2010

This song reminds me of Dennis Jernigan's "If I could just sit with you awhile" at least parts of it. I like it, thanks.
» Tyler Nuzum on July 17th, 2010

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