Well for me that I have Jesus,
O how strong I hold to him
that he might refresh my heart,
when sick and sad am I.
Jesus have I, who loves me
and gives to me his own,
ah, therefore I will not leave Jesus,
when I feel my heart is breaking.
Jesus remains my joy,
my heart’s comfort and essence,
Jesus resists all suffering,
He is my life’s strength,
my eye’s desire and sun,
my soul’s love and joy;
so will I not leave Jesus
out of heart and face.
– Martin Jahn
I love Bach. Not to bash Mozart’s meticulous and extravagantly complex sonatas or Beethoven’s impassioned Romantic-Classical style, but Bach’s music is incredibly beautiful in its simplicity.
There is an inner depth to this piece that I enjoy immensely as a pianist. It seems like an easy melody, but almost every note is harmonized, and if you listen closely you can hear the counterpoint – two different tunes played at once, both significant for the overall piece.
I think Bach really captured both the humbleness and joy of Jesus within the cheerfulness of this melody as well as His strength, power, and protection. It’s not surprising that such music would come from this man – he didn’t play for royalty like Mozart, he didn’t make music for fame or fortune. Instead he worked as a church musician in a few small German towns for the majority of his life.
“Music’s only purpose should be the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit.” – Johann Sebastian Bach