“MAKE TODAY YOUR BEST DAY”
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice)” (Heb. 3:7)
INTRO.: A song which encourages us to hear the voice of the Lord today is “Make Today Your Best Day.” The text was written by N. A. McAuly, which is most likely the same as Neal A. McAulay (also sometimes spelled McCauley), who was born in 1854. From 1886 to 1907, he was minister with the First Presbyterian Church in Wilton, IA. Cyberhymnal lists three other hymns by him, “How Could it Be,” “I Love the Gospel Story,” and “The Old Fashioned Faith.” In addition to gospel songs, he also published poetry in several Masonic works. The tune for “Make Today Your Best Day” was composed by Samuel William Beazley (1873-1944). The song was copyrighted in 1913 by Hildebrand-Burnett Co. Inc. of Roanoke, VA, and probably first appeared in the 1914 Crown Him King edited by Beazley for the Ruebush Kieffer Co. of Dayton, VA. McCaulay died around 1922. The 1971 Songs of the Church edited by Alton H. Howard has a song entitled “Deep Settled Peace” with words by N. A. McAulay and music by Samuel W. Beazley. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, “Make Today Your Best Day” appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson, who at the time controlled the copyright.
The song mentions several things that we need to do every day to make it our best day.
I. Stanza 1 mentions giving our all to the Master
“Give your all to the Master here; Time is passing away.
Serve His cause with a heart sincere; Make today your best day.”
A. We should give our all to the Master here just as the Macedonians first gave themselves to the Lord: 2 Cor. 8:5
B. We understand that time is certainly passing away so that now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed: Rom. 13:11
C. Therefore, we should serve His cause with a heart sincere 1 Thess. 1:9
II. Stanza 2 mentions praying
“He will answer your heart’s appeal, When for favor your pray;
Love and light through His word reveal! Make today your best day.”
A. God has promised to hear and answer His people: 1 Pet. 3:12
B. Therefore, we should pray: Lk. 18:1
C. When we do, we shall find that love and light are revealed to us through His word: Jn. 1:4, 17
III. Stanza 3 mentions casting our cares on Him
“Wander not from His blessed side; He will lighten the way
For the ones who in Him confide! Make today your best day.”
A. It should be our aim never to wander from His blessed side: Ps. 119:10
B. For those who follow Him, He will lighten the way because He offers rest: Matt. 11:28-30
C. Therefore, we can confined in Him by casting our burdens on Him: Ps. 55:22
IV. Stanza 4 mentions telling His mercy to those in need
“Tell His mercy to those in need; Show them Jesus, the way.
Bid them come while He gently pleads; Make today your best day.”
A. We need to tell of the Lord’s mercy to those in need that they might be saved: Tit. 3:5
B. In doing this, we show to them Jesus, who is the way: Jn. 14:6
C. The means by which we bid them come while He gently pleads is preaching the word: Acts 8:4
CONCL.: The chorus tells us that since it is the Lord who redeemed our souls and made us whole, we should strive to make each day count for Him.
“Live for the Lord who redeemed your soul, Since in His goodness He made you whole.
Let Him your talents by love control; Make today your best day.”
Every day of life that we have is a gift from the Lord and should be used wisely. We accomplish this aim by giving ourselves to the Lord, praying to Him, casting our cares on Him, and telling others about Him. It is my hope by this hymn study to exhort you to “Make Today Your Best Day.”