Thank You, Thomas Dorsey, for Gospel Music & “Precious Lord, Take my Hand”

Posted: December 28, 2007 by Rick Hogaboam in Music Reviews, Suffering
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As I was planning my Sunday Morning sermon this week, which will be on Psalm 73, I was meditating on God’s goodness in spite of tragedy. There have been many saints who have undergone deep affliction and persisted in their love of God because they had the big picture, which Asaph is given as recorded in Psalm 73.

Thomas Dorsey, the founder of Gospel music, is one such man. He lost his pregnant wife to death and this incident led him to pen one of the greatest gospel songs ever given to the Church. Dorsey buried his wife and infant son together in the same casket and then went into a wilderness marked by pain and anger. The wilderness subsided as Dorsey sat before a piano and offered this song as a plea, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. So also, Asaph declared to the Lord, “You hold my right hand” (Ps 73:23). Asaph was consoled by God’s presence amidst apparent injustice and pain.

Thank you Asaph and thank you, Tom Dorsey, for putting to music this plea to God.



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