When Chris Tomlin recorded his hit “How Can I Keep from Singing” back in 2006, churches everywhere immediately snagged it and incorporated it into their worship services. In the 11 years since then, it still finds its way into American churches, though some have taken it out of their catalog. Here at Leawood East, it’s still a well-loved song.
What many people don’t know is that Chris Tomlin was inspired by an early American hymn by the same name with much of the same text. “How Can I Keep from Singing” or “My Life Flows on in Endless Song” is an old Quaker hymn that has just as rich a text as the new song. I rehearsed it this morning with a newfound understanding and appreciation for Chris Tomlin’s new text and I’m looking forward to incorporating into worship this morning. Happy Sunday!