It’s almost a century that the hymn “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” is being sung. This made the beautiful tune become a significant part of our musical legacy. The tune not only exudes the plain truth about Jesus’ great sacrifice to redeem the world. Also, it conveys an important message that we give Him the highest acclaim for His saving grace. Even in our daily lives, Christ is continuously at work saving us from worldly sins. Hence, singing Him this hymn is our simple act of gratitude.
While the hymn has been in various hymnals for a long time, the marvelous tale of its preservation is not quite known. Thus, in order for us to appreciate the song more, let’s have a quick read of its history.
History of the Hymn
The author of this hymn, Philip P. Bliss met a tragic death together with his wife on December 20, 1876. They were traveling to Chicago for an engagement at Dwight L. Moody‘s Tabernacle. While on their way, a bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio collapsed and the train plunged into an icy river bed. Bliss was able to survive, however, not seeing his wife around, he went looking for her. Neither of them has survived. However, his composition was later found unharmed from his possessions. It was kept inside one of his trunks. The text bore the title “I Will Sing of the Redeemer” and contains the following words which he told the crowd at a meeting in Chicago.
“I may not pass this way again.”
“He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be.”
While Bliss did not survive the incident, he left us a beautiful gift to continuously encourage us to sing Him unto Him who sets us free.
Let us proclaim every day of our Redeemer’s saving grace singing this hymn.
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