In keeping with my theme, intentionally but unplanned, today the Hymn of the Day is tied into the work of redemption. If you missed the first two posts on redemption here they are:
This is the second hymn that I have posted by Philip Bliss. The first can be found clicking this link: Hymn of the Day: Man of Sorrows.
Now onto the Hymn of the Day: I Will Sing of My Redeemer
“In December 1876, the great gospel hymn writer, Philip Bliss, and his wife boarded a train home to Pennsylvania after attending an evangelistic meeting in Chicago. As their train crossed over a river in Ashtabula, Ohio, the bridge collapsed and the train fell into the icy river below. Bliss escaped, but when he realized his wife was still in the burning wreck, he went back into the melee to find her. Neither Bliss nor his wife survived. Some of Bliss’ possessions, however, in the front carriages that made it across the bridge unharmed, were later retrieved. Inside one of his trunks, his friends found a new text Bliss had just written, entitled, “I Will Sing of My Redeemer.” It’s said that at the meeting in Chicago, he told the crowd, “I may not pass this way again.” Did he have some inclination that he would soon be meeting his Redeemer? When he penned the words, “he from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be,” did he know he would be making that journey soon? This text is a beautiful parting gift from this well-loved hymn writer, to encourage us one last time to sing unto Him who makes us free.” –hymnary.org
See the wondrous love Christ had for his sheep! On the cruel cross he suffered. He sets us free from the curse! In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave! He gives the victory over sin, death, and hell! He is our deliver, our hope, and our Lord.