“While the Days Are Going By”

"WHILE THE DAYS ARE GOING BY"
"…Do good unto all men…" (Gal. 6.10)

     INTRO.: A song which pictures the Christian’s life as one of service by doing good unto others is "While The Days Are Going By" (#106 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by George Cooper (1840-1905 or 1907). The chorus was added and the tune (Going By) was composed both by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908). The composer noted, "This, one of the most popular hymns to which I have set music, was written by George Cooper. I found it as a poem in a periodical in 1881, and immediately wrote the chorus and composed the tune. It has been much used and greatly blessed in gospel meetings." The song was copyrighted in 1881 by Sankey. It probably was first published in his 1883 Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs No. 4. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church for use in churches of Christ during the twentieth century, the song appeared, with only stanzas 1 and 3, in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson; today it may be found, again with only two stanzas, in Sacred Selections.

     The song encourages us to do good by helping others.

I. Stanza 1 focuses on the good that we can do now
"There are lonely hearts to cherish, While the days are going by;
There are weary souls who perish, While the days are going by.
If a smile we can renew, As our journey we puruse,
Oh, the good we all may do, While the days are going by."
 A. This world is full of lonely hearts who need to be comforted and upheld: 1 Thess. 5.14
 B. It is also full of weary souls who perish and need the gospel preached to them: Mk. 16.15-16
 C. This is work that we need to be doing now, while it is yet day, before the night comes: Jn. 9.4

II. Stanza 2 focuses on how the good that we do now can help others
"There’s no time for idle scorning, While the days are going by;
Let your face be like the morning, While the days are going by.
Oh, the world is full of sighs, Full of sad and weeping eyes;
Help your fallen brother rise, While the days are going by."
 A. With so much work to do to help others, there is no time for idle scorning or complaining: Phil. 2.14
 B. Rather, we should let our face be like the morning because we can encourage others by a cheerful countenance that is the sign of a merry heart: Prov. 15.13
 C.It is by doing things such as this that we can find opportunities to help a fallen brother rise: Gal. 6.1

III. Stanza 3 focuses on how the good that we do now can have future benefits
"All the loving links that bind us, While the days are going by,
One by one we leave behind us, While the days are going by;
But the seeds of good we sow, Both in shade and shine will grow,
And will keep our hearts aglow, While the days are going by."
 A. The fact that the loving links that bind us we must leave behind us is often due to death: Heb. 9.27
 B. However, while we can we need to be sowing good seeds, knowing that we shall reap as we sow: Gal. 6.7-8
 C. If we do keep on sowing good seeds, the good things that they can accomplish may long outlast us when they fall into good and honest hearts: Lk. 8.5-8, 11-15

     CONCL.: The chorus reminds us of the fact that time is going by to do good to others:
"Going by, going by, Going by, going by,
Oh, the good we all may do, While the days are going by."
When we are younger, time seems to move so slowly, but as we grow older we look back and remark at how swiftly it seems to have flown. Because our time upon this earth is limited, and our eternal destiny will depend in large measure upon how we have spent it in this life, we need to be doing what we can to serve the Lord and help others "While The Days Are Going By."

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