Saturday, November 20, 2010

I sing of my Redeemer

Our church has a hymn each month and I usually try to research it and find out a little more about why it was written.

I Will Sing Of My Redeemer

I will sing of my Redeemer
And His won­drous love to me
On the cruel cross He suf­fered
From the curse to set me free

Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer
With His blood He pur­chased me
On the cross he sealed my par­don
Paid the debt and made me free

I will tell the won­drous story
How my lost estate to save
In His bound­less love and mercy
He the ran­som freely gave

I will sing of my Redeemer
And His heav­enly love to me
He from death to life hath brought me
Son of God, with him to be

I will praise my dear Redeemer
His tri­umphant power I’ll tell
How the vic­tory He giveth
Over sin and death and hell
Over sin and death and hell
(this portion is not in the original song)
Your love has healed us
Your love has sealed us
You’ve given us life out of death
You redeemed us

Theme: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7-8.


Philip Bliss only lived for 38 years. He spent approximately 12 of those years writing hymn and hymn tunes.


. . . he wrote both words and music to such hymns as the following: Almost Persuaded, Dare to Be a Daniel, Hallelujah ‘Tis Done!, Hallelujah, What a Saviour!, Hold the Fort, Jesus Loves Even Me, Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, Once for All, The Light of the World Is Jesus, Whosoever Will, and Wonderful Words of Life. He wrote only the words for My Redeemer and wrote only the music for I Gave My Life for Thee, It Is Well with My Soul, and Precious Promise.

Philip Bliss grew up in a poor, but spiritually rich, Methodist family, and he left home at age eleven to make his own living. He worked in the sawmills and managed to attend school some. At the age of seventeen, he completed the requirements to become a school teacher. He ten worked as a schoolmaster and studied music with a friend. In 1859, Bliss got married, and in 1860 he became an itinerant music teacher. In 1864 the Blisses moved to Chicago, and eventually Bliss met evangelist Dwight L. Moody. In 1869, the two men began working together in evangelistic crusades to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.

A short seven years later on December 29, 1876, Bliss and his wife were traveling on a train, the bridge over which the train was crossing collapsed, and all of the train carriages fell into the ravine below. Bliss escaped unscathed, but as the train caught fire, he went back to try to rescue his wife and both he and his wife died.

Found in his trunk, which somehow survived the crash and fire, was a manuscript bearing the lyrics of the only well known Bliss gospel song for which he did not write a tune. Soon thereafter set to a tune specially written for it by James McGranahan, it became one of the first songs recorded by Thomas Alva Edison, that song being I Will Sing of My Redeemer.

credit: http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=5351

1 comment:

robert said...

Thanks for posting the article on Philip Bliss, on this the 134th anniversary of the Bliss's tragic death. He made a valuable contribution to Christian hymnody.

If you enjoy reading about our hymn writers and their songs, I invite you to check out my blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

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