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"Jesus, Priceless Treasure" -- A Hymn Love Story

Updated on August 1, 2013

For lovers of "Jesus, Priceless Treasure"

This is the Web page for you! Here we have the back stories (the Scripture, the setting), the side stories, YouTube videos, and associated ramblings about "Jesus, Priceless Treasure," complete with lyrics and links to sheet music and guitar chords -- all FREE.

My name is Deeann D. Mathews, and this is one of a large set of pages I'm doing about my favorite hymns (some of which you know, and others of which you don't -- but you will!). In one of my many other lives, I am the Creative Director of Praising Pilgrims Music, a little music publishing company that has brought the world The Free HIMbook, a directory of links to free sheet music (chords now being added) for more than 400 hymns. Here's the secret: I am a hymn NUT, and I'd like you to share my passion with me. So, here is my little offering, a little sacrifice of fellowship and doing good toward God and toward you all around the powerful hymn, "Jesus, Priceless Treasure." Enjoy!

(the first image -- that "heavenly heart" -- was created by Paul B. Roman, and can be freely and legally accessed at commons.wikimedia.org -- search for Plismo!)

"Jesus, Priceless Treasure," YouTube - Piano solo by your humble lensmistress . . .

It turns out that there is an alternate tune for this hymn that is MUCH more popular, major-key, smooth, pleasant . . . I like the original better, for reasons which will be clear in my writing a little further on!

Back Story and Ramblings

Excerpted from "The Singing Devotional," Vol. 1

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything for it? Some people would kill for one of these...

Corundum (Uncut Ruby) from Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com

and Wikimedia Commons

Or -- to consider the question another way -- how much would you give in exchange for a piece of land nobody else knew contained a box of a couple hundred of these?

White Pearl Necklace -- from Tanakawho

and Wikimedia Commons

All such treasures are very expensive, of course, and yet the greatest treasure in the universe comes with the price for possession already paid by Himself . . . the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus, priceless Treasure,

Source of purest pleasure,

Truest Friend to me.

Ah, how long in anguish

Shall my spirit languish,

Yearning, Lord, for Thee?

Thou art mine, O Lamb divine!

I will suffer naught to hide Thee,

Naught I ask beside Thee.

Priceless treasure! For what could one possibly need when God Himself -- the Creator, Sustainer, Provider, and Protector of the entire universe -- becomes your Lord, Savior, and Royal Friend? What else could possibly compare?

It is not possible -- and will not be possible throughout all eternity -- to point out all the worthiness of the Lord Jesus Christ. I can only start where I am -- to His own, the Lord Jesus is our Savior from sin and eternal judgment for that sin, and also to Himself and eternal life. As the Apostle John wrote in I John 4:19, "We love Him, because He first loved us." We count Him as precious because He counted us as precious -- so precious that He, God Himself, left Heaven's glory to put on and confine Himself to human flesh for 33 long and difficult years, ending in a cross -- a cross on Calvary, for our sins. He died the death we should have died -- in agony, being spit on and mocked and abused for evil He had never done. After three days in a borrowed tomb, He got up from the grave and returned to Heaven for our justification -- so that we could be counted righteous in Him. And He lives now as our Lord, our Savior, our Keeper, our Provider -- all by grace, for we are and could do nothing to have earned His favor. And, He is daily conforming us to His perfect image; meanwhile, He is building us a home in Heaven to be with Him forever. He has loved us beyond how anyone else ever could or would -- and in response, yes, we count Him most precious.

We can go further; once redeemed by the Lord Jesus, we can consider Who He says He is and what He is like in the Word -- and that, too, is inexhaustible. In the first place, He is God, and thus possesses all that is His to possess -- He is the Creator, Sustainer and Heir (Hebrews 1:2) of the entire universe and all that lies beyond it -- all things were, are, and will be His. In His character He is holy, righteous, merciful, compassionate, gracious, patient, glorious, and majestic -- and the Bible declares that He Himself is Love (I John 5:8). His many beautiful names -- in addition to all the Old Testament names of God that are used to refer generally to the Godhead -- amplify the aspects of His Person and work:

1. Immanuel, meaning "God with us." (Isaiah 7:14)

2. His Name is Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6)

3. He is the Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6)

4. He is the Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)

5. He is referred to as the Everlasting Father -- for He and His Father, as He said, are One (Isaiah 9:6)

6. The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

7. The Branch out of the stem of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1, and others)

8. He is the Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20, and others)

9. Prince of princes (Daniel 8:25)

10. The King of Israel (Zechariah 10:9, fulfilled when the Lord Jesus rose into Jerusalem on a donkey, and fulfilled again, unwittingly, by those that mocked Him as "King of the Jews" in the New Testament)

11. The Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)

12. Son of David (Matthew 9:27, others)

13. Son of Man (Matthew 13:37, others)

14. Son of God (Matthew 14:33)

15. The Word of God (notably in John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13, among others)

16. The Light (John 1:9, others)

17. The Lamb of God (John 1:29, others)

18. The Good Shepherd (John 10:14)

19. The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)

20. The True Vine (John 15:1)

21. God of Peace (Romans 15:33)

22. The Heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2)

23. The Apostle and High Priest of our profession (Hebrews 3:1, others)

24. The Lord of Glory (James 2:1)

25. The True God, and Eternal Life (I John 5:20)

26. The only Wise God, our Savior (Jude verse 25)

27. Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending (Revelation 1:8 and 11)

28. The Amen (Revelation 3:14)

29. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)

30. The Root of David (Revelation 5:5)

31. The King of saints (Revelation 15:3)

32. Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14 and 19:16)

33. King of kings (Revelation 17:14 and 19:16)

34. Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)

35. The Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)

These thirty-five names and titles describe One so precious, so incomparable, so worthy that human language does not have the resources to do Him justice -- and yet the marvel of His grace is that He enjoys the praise of His people anyhow. The difference in worth of a pearl and a chip of broken sidewalk is but a poor metaphor to describe the difference in worth between the Lord Jesus Christ and all of His creation. He is truly priceless to us, for we as sinners could not pay the price necessary to possess and be possessed by Him in love for all eternity . . . so He condescended to pay that price, with His own precious, precious blood. Those who have received Him by faith as their Savior from sin belong to Him, and He belongs to them -- the utmost and only Treasure of their hearts, from Whom all other earthly and heavenly blessings flow forever!

Hence, all thought of sadness!

For the Lord of gladness,

Jesus, enters in.

Those who love the Father,

Though the storms may gather,

Still have peace within;

Yea, whatever we here must bear,

Still in Thee lies purest pleasure,

Jesus, priceless Treasure.

One aspect of the "pricelessness" - And one aspect is enough

The Power of the Blood of Christ
The Power of the Blood of Christ

To get a sense of what a priceless treasure the Lord Jesus Christ is, see what His shed blood brings to His own -- that, by itself, makes Him priceless!

Note: I disagree with Mr. Murray in two matters; the first being that the taking of the Lord's Supper constitutes a physical taking in of the blood and body of Christ (consubstantiation); as a dispensationalist, I believe the Lord's Supper is a memorial and celebration of all that the Lord has given us access to in His cross work. I also disagree that the woman in Revelation 12 represents the Church, since the Church was brought forth by Christ, not the other way around. That said, I agree and WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend the vast majority of this book (basically all but three pages) to anyone who wants to know just how precious the Lord Jesus Christ is.

 

Now there are some places . . .

. . . that you just don't put your treasures

You wouldn't hang a pearl on a piece of filthy clothing, would you? You wouldn't roll around in garbage and then put gold and jewels on without first cleaning up, would you? You wouldn't put that ruby and those pearls you found in that box in that field on these guys, would you?

Pigs Lying -- from Maqi and Wikimedia Commons

Of course not. Therefore it is only reasonable that those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will make this verse of "Jesus, Priceless Treasure" part of their testimony:

Evil world, I leave thee;

Thou canst not deceive me,

Thine appeal is vain.

Sin that once did bind me,

Get thee far behind me,

Come not forth again.

Past thy hour, O pride and power;

Sinful life, thy bonds I sever,

Leave thee now forever.

This is not to say that those that have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ don't ever do anything wrong. Oh, that it were possible -- but in this life, it is not. Yet, when one believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, a la I Corinthians 15:3-4 -- "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" -- it is important to note that one is saved from sin by and for and to Christ. Most of the rest of the New Testament deals with the life in Christ --what those who call Him Lord and Savior should be doing since He has covered them with His own righteousness and filled them with His Holy Spirit. Habitually practicing evil is not among the things those possessed and possessing the Lord Jesus Christ will be doing.

It would therefore make better sense to dress a hog in pearls and let him go back to his wallow than it would be for anyone to think they can use the Lord Jesus Christ as a "get-out-of-hell-free" accessory to a life of evil. He is priceless; He has given all to us and demands all of our lives in submission to Him in return -- He will not be merely an accessory. Go back and look at those 35 names and titles again; does that look like the nameplate of Somebody Who is only worthy of SECOND place? Does it look like the nameplate of Somebody Whose advice should be taken or not taken at our pleasure?

That which you treasure, you also love; thus He also said,

John 14:15 -- If ye love Me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 -- He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to Him.

When we love our Lord, when we treasure Him, we will submit to His will . . . and He promised that He would make Himself and all the riches that are part and parcel with Him known to us. Truly, He is the priceless treasure . . . and it is the privilege of those that know, love, and obey Him -- but only to those! -- to enjoy Him forever.

A Treasure of GREAT cost - . . . but worth having!

The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?
The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?

Every time I read this book it challenges and blesses me . . . no, the Lord Jesus is NOT an accessory item, and this book pinpoints the fact beyond a shadow of a doubt. Highly recommended!

 
Peace with God: The Secret Happiness
Peace with God: The Secret Happiness

Rev. Billy Graham makes a wonderful piece of writing just explaining the infinite worth of just one of the priceless things that the Lord Jesus Christ brings to those that believe on Him -- the peace of God. This book was left to me by my grandmother, and of all the precious things, this has blessed me the most. Highly recommended!

 

"Jesus, Priceless Treasure," lyrics

Get it all right here! (including little-known verses)

"Jesus, Priceless Treasure," by Johann Franck and Johann Crueger, 1653

Harmonized by J.S. Bach, 1723

Translated by Catherine Wenkworth from German to English, 1863

Jesus, priceless Treasure,

Source of purest pleasure,

Truest Friend to me.

Ah, how long in anguish

Shall my spirit languish,

Yearning, Lord, for Thee?

Thou art mine, O Lamb divine!

I will suffer naught to hide Thee,

Naught I ask beside Thee.

In Thine arms I rest me;

Foes who would molest me

Cannot reach me here.

Though the earth be shaking,

Every heart be quaking,

Jesus calms my fear.

Lightnings flash and thunders crash;

Yet, though sin and hell assail me,

Jesus will not fail me.

Satan, I defy thee;

Death, I now decry thee;

Fear, I bid thee cease.

World, thou shalt not harm me

Nor thy threats alarm me

While I sing of peace.

God's great power guards every hour;

Earth and all its depths adore Him,

Silent bow before Him.

Evil world, I leave thee;

Thou canst not deceive me,

Thine appeal is vain.

Sin that once did bind me,

Get thee far behind me,

Come not forth again.

Past thy hour, O pride and power;

Sinful life, thy bonds I sever,

Leave thee now forever.

Hence, all thought of sadness!

For the Lord of gladness,

Jesus, enters in.

Those who love the Father,

Though the storms may gather,

Still have peace within;

Yea, whatever we here must bear,

Still in Thee lies purest pleasure,

Jesus, priceless Treasure!

Talk to me, people! - Share your thoughts here!

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      businessblossom1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Go to the Cyber Hymnal at www.hymntime.com/tch. Search for "Jesus, Priceless Treasure," and when you get to the page, you'll see a little section that says, "Alternate Tune." There you will find the tune "Lindeman," which is in F major. Hope that helps!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this hymn in its minor setting, but my pianist asked if we could find an alternate tune. How can I find it?

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      I have never heard this before. I really enjoyed it, it is a beautiful piece.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for your devotional thoughts about this song. Our family is preparing to sing it for a special at church. Our 20-year old son calls the song "the most beautiful ever written."

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I heard this hymn many many years ago and could only remember the first two lines, "Jesus Priceless Treasure, Source of Purest Pleasure". So happy to find the entire song and the music here. He is indeed my Treasure.