"WE’LL NEVER GROW OLD"
"…And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass" (Rev. 21:21)
INTRO.: A song which mentions some of the blessings that the redeemed will enjoy in that city whose street is pure gold is "We’ll Never Grow Old." The text was written by Will M. Gray. I have been able to find no further information about this author. The tune was composed by Thomas Benjamin Mosley (1872-1927). It is assumed that the words were produced around 1915, when the song was copyrighted by Mosley. It was later owned by the Gospel Advocate Co. Mosely provide tunes for some other songs which have appeared in our books, such as Mrs. J. M. Hunter’s "Music in Heaven," Alfred Barratt’s "When I Get to the Sunset Gate," and Homer F. Morris’s "Resurrection." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "We’ll Never Grow Old" appeared in the 1923 Choice Gospel Hymns edited by Mosley and C. M. Pullias; the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson; and the 1940 Complete Christian Hymnal edited by Marion Davis. It is not to be confused with similar songs such as "Where We’ll Never Grow Old" by James C. Moore or "I Have Heard of a Land" by Mrs. F. A. F. White and Mark M. Jones.
The song is designed to increase our desire to go to that eternal city that God has prepared for His people.
I. Stanza 1 talks about the never decaying leaves
"There’s a beautiful land With a wonderful strand;
In the Bible the story is told.
There the roses e’er sway And the leaves ne’er decay,
And inhabitants never grow old."
A. The "wonderful strand" (meaning shore) refers to the fact that this land is beside the river of life: Rev. 22:1
B. It is in the Bible that the story is told about the inheritance reserved in heaven: 1 Pet. 1:3-5
C. Because it is an eternal city, the leaves will never decay but continue for the healing of the nations: Rev. 22:2
II. Stanza 2 talks about the dear ones who are there
"If our burdens of dross At the foot of the cross
By our Savior divine have been rolled,
We shall enter the gate Of this city, where wait
Many dear ones who never grow old."
A. Bringing our burdens of dross to the foot of the cross is symbolic of coming to Jesus to receive His rest: Matt. 11:28-30
B. The reason that we must go to Him is that He is the one who came to save people from their sins: Matt. 1:21
C. And only those who have come to Jesus have the hope of seeing the dear ones who have already died in the Lord: Rev. 14:13
III. Stanza 3 talks about the broken ties that will be restored
"In this city most fair, Free from sorrow and care,
Where the beauties of God now unfold,
Broken ties He’ll restore; We shall part nevermore,
And shall never, Oh, never grow old."
A. In that city so fair we shall be free from all sorrow and care: Rev. 21:4
B. Instead, we shall see the beauties of God which even now unfold: Rev. 21:10-11
C. Also, the ties that have been broken on earth through death will be restored in the resurrection of the dead: 1 Thess. 4:16-17
IV. Stanza 4 talks about the pure throng who sing the new song
"Let us go to this land With the wonderful strand,
And partake of its pleasures untold;
There, with heaven’s pure throng, Let us sing the ‘new song’
Through the ages, and never grow old."
A. God wants us to go to this land with the wonderful strand because He has been preparing it for us from the foundation of the world: Matt. 25:34
B. There, we can partake of its pleasures untold in the very presence of God Himself: Rev. 21:3
C. And we can sing with heaven’s pure throng the new song: Rev. 5:8-10
CONCL.: The chorus remindds us of the great beauty and grandeur of that land.
"In the midst of that land There’s a city most grand.
And the street is all paved with pure gold;
In the palaces there, Always sinless and fair,
We shall dwell and shall never grow old."
Once, I was talking with a friend and fellow preacher about my age who said that he really does not feel that much older, except when he must engage in strenuous physical activity. However, the older we become, the more we see the signs of aging–the hair becomes gray or thin or both, and life seems to slow down while time seems to speed up. There is nothing that we can do about this situation on earth, but we can prepare ourselves to receive an eternal home in that city where "We’ll Never Grow Old."