~* HE KEEPS ME SINGING *~
Words & Music by Luther B. Bridgers, 1884-1948

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 15:10 & 11

Joy is the flag which is flown from the castle of the heart when the King is in residence there.
~Author Unknown~

Joy should be one of the chief characteristics of our Christian faith. In the New Testament the word chara is used 53 times to mean "joy". Only a joyful, exuberant Christian is a worthy representative of the transforming power of Christ's gospel. But what is spiritual joy? It is much more than mere laughter or even happiness. It is a life that is at rest in the Lord, regardless of life's circumstances. Such a life cannot help but have a strong impact on nonbelievers. If there were more singing Christians, there would be more Christians.

Often our finest and most effective songs are sung during the midnight experiences of our life. It is easy to sing when all is well. But to sing when all is dark requires the indwelling presence of Christ. Luther Bridgers, a Methodist pastor and evangelist from Georgia, is believed to have written both words and music for this joyful hymn in 1910, following the death of his wife and three sons in a fire at the home of his wife's parents while he was away conducting revival meetings in Kentucky.

(NOTE from JMS: This particular hymn history meant so much to me that I included both the hymn and story in my third book, A Time of War.)



There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
In all of life’s ebb and flow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHORUS:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest Name I know,
Fills my every longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.



*For Today*: Psalm 40:3; Proverbs 29:6; Isaiah 12:3 & 5, 52:9; Acts 16:25; Ephesians 5:19

Determine to live with a singing spirit; be a truly "praising Christian".

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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