“Life Will Be Sweeter Some Day”

“For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country” (Heb. 11:14)

     INTRO.:  A song which helps us to look forward to that country which we seek is “Life Will Be Sweeter Some Day.”  The text was written and the tune was composed both by Luther G. Presley, who was born on Beckett Mountain in Faulkner County, AR, five miles west of Rose Bud on Mar. 6, 1887, and grew up with religious music at a Free Will Baptist Church. Beginning his study of music at the age of fourteen in a primary singing school conducted by M. W. Beckett, Luther soon became the director of a local choir.  In 1905, he began the study of harmony and composition with J. D. Patton and. R. Edwin Perry of Alabama.  Later, he studied harmony, counterpoint, and voice with John B. Herbert, L. B. Leister, W. W. Combs, and J. H. Ruebush who was Dean of Shenandoah College in Dayton, VA, under whom he had the distinction of being the only student who made 100 percent on every subject included in the final examination. 

     Also, Presley was proud of the fact that he studied hymnology with James Rowe, the author of some 25,000 poems, including the song “Love Lifted Me.”  At the age of eighteen, Presley taught his first singing school and also produced his first song, “Gladly Sing,” which was published by the Showalter-Patton Company in 1907.  From this time onward, he taught approximately 200 singing schools and is credited with around 1,500 songs.  “Life Will Be Sweeter Some Day” is dated 1928.  The earliest publication in which I could find it was the 1937 Waves of Joy edited by Robert E. Winsett.  After being associated with the Central Music Company of Little Rock, AR, for fourteen years, and the Hartford Music Company for two years, Presley opened the Pangburn, AR, branch of the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company of Dallas, TX, in 1930, and while living in his rural White County, AR, home near Searcy he served as its General Manager until shortly before his death. 

     In 1937, Presley provided new words for the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” with the music arranged by Virgil O. Stamps.  Other songs by Presley which have appeared in our books include “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “A Beautiful Prayer,” “When All of God’s Singers Get Home,” “Getting Ready to Leave This World,” “In the Sweet Forever,” “God’s Wonderful Book Divine,” and “Will Someone Be Waiting?”  Presley thought that “I’d Rather Have Jesus” was his best song.  However, several years after his death in December of 1974 at the age of 87, “It’s Shouting Time in Heaven” became one of the most popular songs heard on radio, television, and other media, having been used 4,158 times in one quarter as reported by BMI.  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, “Life Will Be Sweeter Some Day” appeared in the 1944 Gospel Songs and Hymns and the 1955 Sacred Praise both edited by Will W. Slater; and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater.

     The song contrasts the difficulties of this life with the blessings of the sweet life in heaven.

I. Stanza 1 talks about the cares of life
“The cares of this life may leave us weeping (and) Rugged may seem the way;
But only remember God is keeping, (and) Life will be sweeter some day.”
 A. All people, including Christians, have cares in this life: 1 Pet. 5:7
 B. Rugged may seem the way because it is strait and narrow: Matt. 7:14
 C. But children of God need to remember that He is keeping them by faith through His power: 1 Pet. 1:5

II. Stanza 2 talks about being forsaken by friends
“Though friends may forsake and turn to chiding, (and) Cruel things they may say,
If under the wings of love we’re hiding, (yes,) Life will be sweeter some day.”
 A. Just as Paul experienced, we may find that friends may forsake us: 2 Tim. 4:10
 B. Unfortunately, those who turn against us may say cruel things: Matt. 5:11
 C. However, we can still hide under the wings of love: Matt. 23:37

III. Stanza 3 talks about sorrow
“We understand not why so much sorrow (should) Fill our hearts with dismay,
But all will be plain on God’s tomorrow, (and) Life will be sweeter some day.”
 A. We all know that this life will contain a certain amount of sorrow: Ps. 13:2
 B. These kinds of things sometimes fill our hearts with dismay: Isa. 41:10
 C. However, we can be assured that all will be plain on God’s tomorrow as He makes all things right: Matt. 25:31-46

IV. Stanza 4 talks about troubles
“How sweet is the thought, how grand the story (that) Troubles will pass away—
‘A far more exceeding weight of glory,’ (for) Life will be sweeter some day.”
 A. Even in this life, it is sweet to think of the grand old story of redemption: Eph. 1:7
 B. Thus, we know that ultimately all troubles will pass away: Rev. 21:1-4
 C. And so we look forward to that far more exceeding weight of glory: 2 Cor. 4:16-18

     CONCL.:  The chorus continues to emphasize the sweetness of the blest home over the way.
“Life will be sweeter some day, some day, Life will be sweeter some day, some day,
O in that blest home just over the way, Life will be sweeter some day.”
Yes, life can sometimes be full of cares, trials, sorrows, and troubles.  The Lord allows such things to test us, help us develop patience, and increase our hope for that time when “Life Will Be Sweeter Some Day.”


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