One of the goals of our worship is to tell and retell the story of Jesus. It’s not an original idea. This is what the first disciples of Jesus did 2,000 years ago. It’s also what Christians were doing way back in 1910. In fact, the lyrics for our new song, Glorious Day, are taken from the hymn “One Day” by John Wilbur Chapman, composed in 1910. It’s the same retelling of the glorious gospel.
And, in God’s grace, there is more than one glorious day. There is everyday (including right now!) that heaven is full of praise. There is the day Jesus was born. There is the day he died to save us. There is the day he rose from the grave and there is the day he is coming again. For all those days we sing, “Oh, glorious day!”
But, jumping in, where do we read about the praise of heaven? I’m glad you asked! Isaiah 6:2-4 says,
Above [the LORD] were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
That is what happened the day Isaiah showed up in heaven, but we assume that has been, is now and will be happening until eternity! But then the bad news…
Vs1: One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Sin ruined everything. I think that it’s important to remember that sin is a heart issue that we all struggle with and it manifests itself outwardly in all our actions. That is why the Bible says this:
There is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. -Psalm 38:3b-4
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. -Psalm 51:5
We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. -Isaiah 64:6 NLT
But the song continues with the good news (it almost reads like a creed, doesn’t it!)…
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
CH: Living, He loved me (John 3:16, John 15:9, 12, Galatians 2:20)
Dying, He saved me John 3:17, John 10:11
Buried, He carried my sins far away Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:6-7
Rising, He justified freely forever Romans 3:21-26, Romans 4:25, Romans 8:3-4
One day He’s coming John 14:1-3, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 22:12, 20
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
As you can see, there is almost too much scripture to list to fit it all in. This song basically tells the story of redemption from beginning to end. It answers the question, “But what is the rest of the story?!?” It does that by continuing with Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and 2nd coming!
Vs 2: One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Vs 3: One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Vs 4: One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved Ones, bringing
A glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine
So which day was more glorious? The day Jesus was born? The day he died for the sins of the world? The day he rose victorious? Or everyday that heaven is filled with God’s praises? I’m don’t know. But it makes me want to sing with believers from all of history…
Oh, Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day.