Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you”
The author of this song, I have chosen for you today, is Luther B. Bridgers, born February 14, 1884, in Margaretville, North Carolina. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and was ordained a Methodist minister. Wherever the Lord led him, since the age of seventeen, he had been a zealous preacher of the gospel, calling others to put their faith in Christ. He fell in love with a very beautiful Kentucky girl and after a romantic courtship, they married. As the years flowed by, God gave the happy couple three little boys. One morning in 1910, Luther Bridgers left home to conduct some gospel meetings in another town. Looking back over his shoulder, he saw his wife standing at the gate with the baby in her arms and a boy on each side. All were blowing kisses to Daddy as he headed for the train. Two weeks later he was awakened by a phone call and was informed that his house caught fire and his wife and three children died in the fire. He stood in shattered silence, holding the receiver.
He said it seemed to him the devil was laughing at him and saying, “God doesn’t love you. Are you going to worship a God like that?” But Pastor Bridgers dropped to his knees by the telephone and prayed, “Lord, I have preached the gospel to other people, and told them it would comfort them in every hour of sorrow. Grant that this same gospel may comfort me.” And the Lord answered his prayer. God gave a new song called “He Keeps Me Singing”, born out of a deeper love for the Lord. Pastor Bridgers served as an evangelist in the American South and in mission work in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Russia. He pastored in Georgia and North Carolina before retiring in 1945 in Gainesville, Georgia. He died on May 27, 1948, and is buried in the Alta Vista cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia. My brethren, I sincerely trust you will thoroughly enjoy and digest the words to yet another great hymn which is seldom sung in churches today:
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.
God’s love for us is so deep that we have a hard time comprehending it. It reaches down to us through the darkness of this sinful world, even though we are hopelessly undeserving. The Bible says that before God created our planet, He had decided to display the depth of His love for us through His Son’s death on the cross (1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8). Because of God’s great love, the Son came to earth and was slain. On Calvary He died to pay the penalty for our sins. In John 3:16 we read, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I will conclude with these sobering questions:
(1) What is your response to God’s love?
(2) Have you confessed your sin and accepted His forgiveness?
(3) If you have, are you living in thankful obedience to Him?
Remember that eternal life is only made possible by God’s Eternal Love.