“Help Somebody Today”

"…Faith, if it hath not works, is dead" (Jas. 2:17)

     INTRO.: A song which reminds us that if our faith does not work to assist others then it is dead is "Help Somebody Today" (#105 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Carrie E. (Mrs. Frank A.) Breck (1855-1934). Her best known gospel song texts are "Face to Face," "Shall I Crucify My Savior?", and "Nailed to the Cross," all with tunes by Grant Colfax Tullar. The tune for "Help Somebody Today" was composed by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856-1932). He produced such well known gospel songs as "I Stand Amazed," "He Lifted Me," "I Will Not Forget Thee," "Send the Light," and "O That Will Be Glory for Me," and the tunes to "Higher Ground," "Since Jesus Came into My Heart," and "The Way of the Cross Leads Home." Gabriel’s and Breck’s song "Help Somebody Today" was copyrighted in 1904, and after the copyright was renewed in 1932 it was owned by Homer A. Rodeheaver. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church, the song appeared in the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 edited by Tillit S. Teddlie; and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 edited by L. O. Sanderson in an arrangement by the editor. Today, to my knowledge it may be found only in Sacred Selections.

     The song suggests several different kinds of people whom we may help.

I. Stanza 1 mentions those in need
"Look all around you, find some one in need: Help somebody today!
Though it be little–a neighborly deed–Help somebody today!"
 A. We should look all around us because there are those in need and Christians should do that which is good to all men as we have
opportunity: Gal. 6:10
 B. It may be little, as just giving a cup of cold water: Matt. 10:42
 C. One important reason for doing such things is that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves: Matt. 22:39

II. Stanza 2 mentions those who lack a kind, loving word
"Many are waiting a kind, loving word: Help somebody today!
Thou hast a message, O let it be heard: Help somebody today!"
 A. Many are waiting a kind, loving word, and the speech of God’s people should be seasoned with salt: Col. 4:6
 B. We do have a message, the good news of Jesus Christ: Rom. 1:16
 C. So we should let it be heard by preaching the word everywhere we go: Acts 8:4

III. Stanza 3 mentions those who are burdened with grief
"Many have burdens too heavy to bear: Help somebody today!
Grief is the portion of some everywhere: Help somebody today!"
 A. Everyone has burdens in life to bear: Ps. 55:22
 B. While we should encourage people to cast their burden on the Lord, there are ways that we can help them to bear certain burdens as well: Gal. 6:2
 C. One such burden is grief, and we can comfort those who are grieving: 1 Thess. 4:13-18

IV. Stanza 4 mentions those who are discouraged
"Some are discouraged and weary in heart: Help somebody today!
Some one the journey to heaven should start: Help somebody today!"
 A. Many are discouraged, and we should comfort the fainthearted: 1 Thess. 5:14
 B. Many are weary in heart, and we should encourage them not to be weary in well doing: Gal. 6:9
 C. And we should encourage all who are travelling the broad way that leads to destruction to enter the narrow way that leads to life in heaven: Matt. 7:13-14

     CONCL.: The chorus then encourages us to look for those whom we can assist and help them.
"Help somebody today, Somebody along life’s way;
Let sorrow be ended, the friendless befriended; O help somebody today!"
One reason that God has saved us is so that we can be a peculiar people zealous of good works by which we glorify His name. Therefore, it should be the desire of every Christian to "Help Somebody Today."


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