"SOME SWEET DAY"
"Sorrow and mourning shall flee away" (Isa. 51.11)
INTRO.: A song which points out that there will come a time when we reach our eternal home and sorrow and mourning will flee away is "Some Sweet Day." The text was written and the tune was composed both by S. H. Chord (20th century). All that is known about this person is that he (or she) lived in the early 1900’s. All that is known about the hymn is that the copyright was owned by The Home Music Co. of Logansport, IN. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1), the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2, and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 all edited by L. O. Sanderson. Today it may be found in the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat. The only other hymnbooks in which I have ever seen the song are from the Mennonites, such as the 1902/1911 Church and Sunday School Hymnal edited by J. D. Brunk; the 1927 Church Hymnal Mennonite edited by S. F. Coffman; the 1959 Christian Hymnal Mennonite edited by Alvin J. Becker; the 1972 Christian Hymnary edited by John J. Overholt; and the 1987 Zion’s Praises edited by Aaron Z. Weaver.
The song mentions several blessing to be found in heaven that can comfort us in time of death.
I. Stanza 1 talks about meeting those gone before in heaven
"Some sweet day when life is o’er, We shall meet above;
We shall greet those gone before, In that home of love."
A. Someday this life will be over for each of us because God has decreed that we shall return to the dust from whence we came: Gen. 3.19
B. However, the hope of the Christian is that following that, we shall meet above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God: Col. 3.1-2
C. Then we shall greet those gone before because the dead in Christ will be raised to meet the Lord in the air, thus ever being with Him and with one another: 1 Tim. 4.16-17
II. Stanza 2 talks about the joy and peace in heaven
"Trials here below we meet, Sorrow, pain, and care;
In that happy home so sweet, Joy and peace we’ll share."
A. In this life, we will have trials, sorrow, pain, and care: Job 14.1, Ps. 90.10, Acts 14.22
B. However, Jesus is preparing a place that will be happy and sweet: Jn. 14.1-3
C. There, the saints will share joy and peace because they shall see Him as He is: 1 Jn. 3.2
III. Stanza 3 talks about the wiping away of tears in heaven
"Bright the dawning of that morn, Night be turned today,
Parted friends no farewells know, Tears be wiped away."
A. The dawning of that morning will be bright because we shall enter into the city where nothing that defiles will be in it: Rev. 22.14-15
B. Night will be turned to day because the glory of God will illuminate that city: Rev. 21.23-25
C. Also, there will be no more sad farewells and God will wipe away all tears because there will be no death there: Rev. 21.4
CONCL.: The chorus re-emphaiszes the fact that the righteous will enjoy a happy time in that eternal home.
"Some sweet day, some sweet day,
Oh! that happy time will be, Some sweet day."
Obviously the Lord intends us to do more in this life than just sitting around and pining for heaven. There is work to be done here on this earth, both in the physical activities that pertain to our material needs, and in the spiritual service that Christians are to render to Him. But even in this, God wants us to keep our eye upon that heavenly goal as one motivating factor to obey Him in everything that we do. Thus, we need to be reminded that while we go about our everyday lives in this world, God has something far better and more glorious awaiting us "Some Sweet Day."