The following excerpts are from an article posted to www.digginghistory.com. It was written by Sharon Hall:
“Luther Burgess Bridgers was born in North Carolina on February 14, 1884 … After receiving his ordination as a Methodist Episcopal minister; Luther served as a pastor and evangelist.
In March of 1911, he received an invitation to preach a two-week revival near his in-law’s home in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He left his wife and three sons at her parent’s home and departed for Middlesboro.
Following the meeting on March 26, Luther received a call telling him that his in-law’s house had burned to the ground and his wife and sons had all perished. Later that year, he wrote both the words and music of ‘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.”
Regardless of what you may be facing at this very moment, as difficult as it may be to do so; I encourage you to sing! And it makes absolutely no difference whether you can carry a tune or not. Sing from your heart. It has a way of making things better!
In fact, The Bible teaches us that when Jesus finished the Passover Meal with His disciples, facing this most horrific moment of His earthly life and ministry, He did the very thing I am encouraging you to do; He sang! You’ll find this in Matthew 26:30(KJV). It says, “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.”
I wonder if you have ever paid attention to that. Again, facing the most horrific moment of His earthly life and ministry, He and His disciples sang a song before they went to the Mount of Olives. There are other instances in the Bible of people singing during moments of great difficulty.
Paul and Silas come to mind. Beaten mercilessly, imprisoned, and in stocks, the Bible says in Acts 16:25(KJV) “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God …” Hey, guess what? It’s hard to be discouraged when you’re singing!
The chorus of the old song, “I Sing Because” comes to my mind as I am writing this column:
“I Sing Because There is an Empty Grave,
I Sing Because There is the Power to Save,
I Sing Because His Grace is Real to Me,
I Sing Because I Know I’m Not Alone,
I Sing Because Someday I’m Going Home,
Where I Shall Sing Through All Eternity.”
There’s within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low …