Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Glorious Day

Have you ever stopped to think about those certain songs that the Lord used in such a mighty way to minister to you years ago, and how they no longer seem to have the same power and effect?  I can remember certain songs that were my anthem, growing up in youth group, that now seem a tad bit out dated and honestly a little cheesy.  Why is that?  What has changed?  This is something I often wonder and quickly bring to discussion with fellow worship pastors and song writers alike.  Yet, maybe the bigger mystery are those songs that NEVER grow old, that NEVER seem to lose their power, those songs that still cut deep, reveal sin, and began a healing process with remembrance of grace and salvation.   As an aspiring song writer, those are the songs that remain elusive from my own repertoire, yet those types of songs are the ones I LOVE to lead other believers with.

Thanks in part to the band Casting Crowns, the song “Glorious Day” can be heard filling time slots on just about every Christian radio station across the nation, as well as filling the sanctuaries of countless churches during Sunday morning worship.  Many could be led to believe with such an uprising of “Glorious Day” that this new catchy tune is a fresh new tune, but the truth is just the opposite.  The original lyrics were penned in hymn format by L. Wilbur Chapman.  The hymn became an important song in many hymnals and a frequently used song in churches throughout America.
                  
Contemporary Song writer Michael Bleeker took the lyrics and reformed and refashioned the song with a new melody and more modern feel with a chorus.  Jeff Johnson used the song as the title track for his album release in August of 2007, but the song really gained notoriety from Casting Crowns’ release of their own version.

But enough about the history behind the song; the theology, the lyrics, and the overall message. The song is phenomenal. I love this song for one simple reason: know the song, know the gospel.  Through four verses, one sings the entire message of the gospel of Christ’s arrival here on earth, the purpose for His life, His death, His resurrection, and His awaited return.  Those who may visit our church on a Sunday when we sing this song, proclaim the very truth that could possibly awaken their hearts, save their soul, and change the course of their life for eternity. Praise God! Take time out of your day to give this song a listen. Not only will it fill your heart with the truth of scripture, but it will remind you to look forward to and anticipate the Lord’s coming, even on those days when it seems unreachable.

Blessings,
Jarrett Davis

Romans 6:4 & John 1:1-2

Click here to download "Glorious Day" from iTunes.  You can also listen to it on myspace.

Glorious Day lyrics

One day when heaven
Was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as it could be
Jesus came forth to
Be born of a virgin
Dwelt among man my example is He

[Chorus:]

Living He loves me
Dying He saves me
Buried He carries my sin far away
Rising He justified, freely forever
One day He's coming
Oh, Glorious Day
Oh, Glorious Day

One day they lead Him
Up calvary's mountain
One day they nailed Him
To die on a tree
Suffering anguish
Despised and rejected
Bearing my sins my redeemer is He

[Chorus]

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He a rose over Death He had conquered
Now is ascended
My lord forever more

[Chorus]

One day the trumpet will
Sound for His coming
One day the sky with His
Glories will shine"

Wonderful day
My beloved once bring
Glorious Savior is Jesus is mine

[Chorus]

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