Faith Messages to build your faith

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Behind the Song: He Touched Me

He touched MeDiana Leagh Matthew relates: He 
Touched Me was the song that 
propelled Bill Gaither onto the 
national stage.
   Gaither had been writing songs for 
years, but nothing struck the chord 
with the American public the way 
He Touched Me did. 
   Gaither stated in an interview that he began writing in “1960” and this was “my fifty-fourth song.”
   Gaither was accompanying an “old preacher friend” Dr. Dale Oldham on various crusades. He recalled: “He was a very eloquent speaker. One night after one of those meetings, Dr. Oldham said to me, 

    "Bill, the word 'touch' is a very popular word. It comes 
     up so often in the New Testament stories about Jesus 
     touching people’s eyes and healing them, or touching 
     people’s lives and changing them. It’s a special, spiritual
     word and you ought to write a song that praises His touch."

   So I did.

   After the meeting, Gaither, Dr. Oldham and Doug were driving back to Gaither’s home in Anderson, Indiana. The conversation turned to how deeply the Spirit of God was felt during the crusade meetings. Gaither was unable to sleep that night. 

    He could not get the last words the minister said to him when he dropped him off that night out of his mind. The minister said ‘You should write a song that says, ‘He touched me’ oh, He touched me.”

   Gaither’s mind mulled over the revival meeting and the heavy laden faces he’d seen in the crowd. He thought about how the meeting transformed them to looks of hope and joy by the end of the meeting.

   The next morning, Gaither’s wife, Gloria, awoke to find him still working on the song.

   Dr. Oldham’s son, Doug, recorded He Touched Me in 1964. Gaither recalled: “Doug sang it around in church circles, but I think it really started to get popular as people would take it back to their own congregations and sing it as a chorus. Its funny, you write 53 songs and then you write one little baby, and even though it comes out of the womb the same way they all did, this baby just all of a sudden goes BOOM!”

   The Gaither
Trio recorded the song in later 1964.

   Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1971. After releasing the song as a single, he released the album ‘He Touched Me’in 1972.–ptwd_iI He received a Grammy Award for this album and was named the Best Inspirational Performance for 1972.

Diana Leagh Matthews

is a writer, speaker, life coach, and


Pray with me:

   Father, I understand that when
people pray for Your help to be a blessing to others, and accomplish what You want done, each of us is blessed.
   Make it plain what we're up against, and what it is we need to do to accomplish the Kingdom's work.

   Cause us to seek Your will in every area that we are involved with. I ask this is the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: (Romans 2:1) "Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things."

Today’s quote: 

~ Jamie Sinclair - "We can sin in our thoughts toward sinners if we hate them or are prideful as we look down at them, but what this verse is really stressing is that while we might be more polished or look a little better in the outside, we have sinned and fall short of the same holy standard of perfection. 
   The mere act of judging that those around us have fallen short is not in itself sinful, but Paul is saying that we fall short of the same standard!"

Some thoughts today:  

- The bad and good news is, that "we all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ...
   (Rom. 3:23,24) Check out the Scriptures that continue Paul's thoughts, and see what his conclusion is.

- As we are in need of eating regularly to replenish our bodies, we also have a need to read God's Word, so we can become healthy spiritually.

28th- Tuesday’s post:  
#11 Evangelist Carlos Annacondia   C. Peter Wagner

30th- Thursday's post: 

C. Peter Wagner

11/1st- Saturday's post:  

How to Have the Best Date of Your Life   Toni Campbell

2nd- Sunday evening's post:  

The Small Giant
Poh Fang Chia

~Rugosa rose~
Val discovered this
recently on a rainy,
cold day in the North
The Tally by Debbie McEwen

"The leaves are falling

The colors have been glorious
Some hopeful flowers still bloom

The days are cooler for the most part

Snow is predicted on Sunday
Most of my outdoor jobs are done for the year.

The season is changing

The ground is getting ready for its long sleep
I reflect on what has been and what is to come

A lot was accomplished

More jobs are planned for next year
The cycle continues

So many bright and so many bittersweet memories

How many are to come?
How much will I accomplish?

When I lie down to sleep for the last time, what will the tally be?"

Bridal Shower Devotional
Bridal Wisdom for Women

A great gift for someone!

Wisdom for Brides (Christian
Marriage, Counseling, & Help) 

No comments:

Post a Comment