He Keeps Me Singing
Luther B. Bridges
Eddie Lewis on Trumpet
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…. Sweetest name I know”
This week’s Unadorned Trumpet Hymn was picked by my lovely, devoted wife, Pearl. WE have a growing collection of old hymnals and we chose the two most recent hymns from Triumphant Service Songs, which was published in 1934.
Another Classic Hymn
I grew up singing this hymn in Church in the 70’s and 80’s. It has a unique melodic structure with some gorgeous interval movement, just so well written. I think it is rare to see a hymn like this with such melodic richness but still completely accessible to the congregation. This is just beautiful writing.
The message is one of “comfort” (according to TimelessTruths.org). We seek our peace and comfort in Christ, which is not the same as the world’s idea of comfort. Jesus tells us in God’s word that His yoke is light…
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.Matthew 11:28-30
It is my desire that this recording of He Keeps Me Singing trumpet helps you recognize the “comfort” that comes with the “yoke” of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Blog Writing First
I think I’ve mentioned before that I have begun writing these blogs first, before making the recordings. I’m doing this with almost every video now. Even the last two free improv videos were blogged about before I recorded them.
What this does is get my head in the right place before I do the recording. For the trumpet hymns, this is very important because I don’t want to just play the notes. Not that I ever do that, but it is far easier to get my head in the right place for the recording when I have spent time writing about it.
Feasting on His Grace
One of the verses from the lyrics begins with “Feasting on the riches of His grace.” That is my life! Praise God!
You know, I tell people often that there are two ways to look at my life. I could, if I wanted to, dwell on how pathetic my life has been. I have accumulated enough hardship and adversity to be bitter and harbor grudges. And in fact, when my life hits some rough spots and I loose my focus (on Christ), it is easy enough to dwell in that horrible frame of mind.
But through the strength that I have in Christ Jesus, I face most days “feasting on the riches of His grace.” Grace is not something earned. Grace is not fought for. It is not worked for. Grace is not deserved. We have access to God’s best, not because we are good enough for it, but because HE is good (all the time 🙂 ).
I pray that listening to this recording of He Keeps Me Singing helps you see through the fog of this world to the peace that surpasses all understanding. I recently told a past student the other day that we are not alone in our walk as Christians. It may seem like we are alone. That’s one of satan’s weapons, is to make us feel like we don’t have anyone to turn to. But we are never alone for as long as Christ’s love unites us.
Anyway, that’s my message for the week. God bless you all and thank you for making it out to my blog and sharing this time with me.
Here are the lyrics for He Keeps Me Singing
- 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.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest Name I know,
Fills my every longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.
- All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
Discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
Stirred the slumb’ring chords again.
- Feasting on the riches of His grace,
Resting ’neath His shelt’ring 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.