Thursday, 19 September 2019

He Keeps Me Singing Hymn Story and Lyrics

He Keeps Me Singing History

This hymn is the work of Luther Burgess Bridgers ( 1884 - 1948). It was first published in 1910 when Luther Bridgers was working as an ordained minister of the gospel of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Luther Burgess Bridgers was born in 1884 in Margarettsville, North Carolina to Reverend Buchanan Bridgers (1856 - 1913) and Georgiana nee Cooke. He assisted his father who conducted revival meetings to his death from 1904 to 1913.

Between 1902 to 1906 he attended Ashburry College in Wilmore, Kentucky where he met his wife nee Sarah Jane Veath. 

He served the church as a minister conducting meetings in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Russia before retiring in 1945.

He penned several hymns but this post hymn is the most famous of his hymns.

It is said that He Keeps Me Singing was derived from the Melody of Love, a popular song of the day written by Hans Engelmann in 1903.

Famous musicians who have sung this song include, Slim Whitman, Jake Hess, and Babbie Mason.

The circumstances leading to its composition are still disputed.

One version says that Luther Bridgers composed this hymn soon after hearing of the death of his wife and three children in a fire.

It is said that Luther Bridgers had left his children and wife in the care of his father in law while he was away ministering the gospel at a conference in Kentucky.

It was while he was there that he received a phone call telling him of the demise of his wife and all his three children in a fire that burnt down his father in law's house. 

It is said that with tears in his eyes he expressed his faith in the Lord by penning the words of this hymn.  The Lord kept him singing even in the midst of this unspeakable sorrow.

Luther Burgess Bridgers
This account is however disputed by some who say the song was written before this incident. They say this incident took place in 1911 after the hymn had already been published.



He Keeps Me Singing Hymn Lyrics


1 There's within my heart a melody;
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
"Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still,"
in all of life's ebb and flow.

Refrain:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2 All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again. [Refrain]

3 Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way;
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see His footprints all the way. [Refrain]

4 Feasting on the riches of His grace,
resting 'neath His sheltering wing,
always looking on His smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing. [Refrain]

5 Soon He's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,
I shall reign with Him on high. [Refrain]

For more stories and lyrics of hymn click here.

He Keeps Me Singing Video

In the video below Jake Hess sings this beautiful hymn.


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