Amazing Grace Hymns

March 29

WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN

Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851–1920

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17, 18)

For the child of God, the end of this earthly pilgrimage is just the beginning of a glorious new life.

This glorious hope revives our courage for the way,
When each in expectation lives and longs to see the day
When from sorrow, toil, pain and sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and joy shall reign throughout all eternity.

John Fawcett

Our services of worship even now should be a foretaste of that day of rejoicing when those from every tribe, language, people, and nation see our Lord and together “we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

The author of this hymn text, Eliza Hewitt, a school teacher in Philadelphia, was another Christian lay worker deeply devoted to the Sunday school movement during the latter half of the 19th century. Like many of the other gospel song writers of this time, Eliza wrote her songs with the goal of reaching and teaching children with the truths of the gospel. She often attended the Methodist camp meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. It was here that she collaborated with Emily Wilson, wife of a Methodist District Superintendent in Philadelphia, in the writing of this popular gospel hymn, a favorite of both young and old alike. It was first published in 1898.

The anticipation of heaven has often been described as the oxygen of the human soul. “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, sing His mercy and His grace; in the mansions bright and blessed He’ll prepare for us a place.

While we walk the pilgrim pathway clouds will over-spread the sky; but when trav’ling days are over not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful, trusting, serving ev’ry day; just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us! Soon His beauty we’ll behold; soon the pearly gates will open—We shall tread the streets of gold.

Chorus: When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.

For Today: Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 35:10; John 14:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 15:54–57

Allow your imagination to anticipate that day in heaven when the entire family of God is gathered for an endless celebration of praise. Allow this glorious hope to brighten your day and to keep you “true, faithful, trusting, serving …” Sing this musical truth as you go—

Osbeck, K. W.

EZC

  • Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is the fullness of joy: and at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
  • Therefore he redeemed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with praise: and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
  • And if I go prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there may ye be also. John 14:2-3
  • So when this corruptible hath put on incorruption, and this omrtal hath put on immortality, then shall be brought to pas the saying, that it is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the Law. 1 Corinthians 15:54–57

Connect The Testaments

March 29: Prayer and Hope for the Anxious

Numbers 33:1–49; 1 Corinthians 15:12–34; Psalm 28:1–9

Anxiety, depression, and fear aren’t part of the Christian life—or the ideal Christian life, anyway. But for those who struggle with these emotions, this tidy concept isn’t helpful or true. What is helpful is hope and belief in the midst of tumultuous emotion.

The writer of Psa 28 expresses deep anxiety, but even as he does this, he expresses trust in Yahweh: “To you, O Yahweh, I call. O my rock, do not be deaf to me. Or else, if you are silent to me, then I will become like those descending to the pit” (Psa 28:1). Though he feels like God is not listening, the psalmist doesn’t stop pursuing God. He worships and cries for help anyway. In contrast to the “workers of evil” who “do not regard the works of Yahweh, nor the work of his hands,” the psalmist puts all of his dependence and trust in Yahweh (Psa 28:3, 5).

Halfway through the psalm, the petition turns to praise when Yahweh answers his prayer. The psalmist realizes his confidence is in the right place: “Blessed is Yahweh, because he has heard the voice of my supplications” (Psa 28:6). Even through dark times and bleak circumstances, God is faithful. He is never far from us, though emotions might dictate otherwise. He will “Shepherd them also and carry them always” (Psa 28:9). He saves, blesses, guides, and even carries us through all seasons.

We are saved not according to our own works, but the work of Christ. In the midst of struggle, we can be certain that we are experiencing salvation now, in part. And we can be “convinced of this same thing, that the one who began a good work in [us] will finish it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6).

How are you trusting in God in the midst of struggle? How can you thoughtfully support someone who is suffering through a season like this?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

EZC

  • These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went out of the land of Egypt, according to their bands under the hand of Moses and Aaron. And Moses wrote their going out by their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord: so these are the journeys of their going out. Now they departed from Rameses the first month, even the fifteenth day of the first month, on the morrow after the Passover: and the chilren of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. (For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the Lord had smitten among them: upon their gods also the Lord did executin.) And the children of Isreal removed from Ramses, and pitched in Succoth. And they departed from before Etham, and turned again unto Pi Hahiroth, which is before Baal Zephon, and pitched before Migdol. And they departed from before Hahiroth, and went through the midst of the Sea into the wilderness, and went three days’ journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah. And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim, and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and seventy palm trees, and they pitched there. And they removed from Elim, and camped b the red sea. And they removed from the red Sea, and lay in the wilderness of Sin. And they took their journey out of the wilderness of Sin, and set up their tents in Dophkah. And they departed from Dophkah, and lay in Alush. And they removed from Alush, and lay in Rephimdim, where was no water for the people to drink. And they departed from Rephidim, and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai. And they removed from the desert of Sinai, and pitched in Kibroth Hattaavah. And they departed from Kibroth Hattaavah, and lay at Hazeroth. And they departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in Rithmah. And they departed from Rithmah, and pitched at Rimmon Perez. And they departed from Rimmon Perez, and pitched in Liibnah. And they removed from libnah, and pitched in Rissah. And they journeyed from Rissah, and pitched in Kehelathah. And they went from Kehelathah, and pitched in mount Shepher. And they removed from mount Shepher, and lay in Haradah. And they removed from Haradah, and pitched in Makheloth. And they removed from Makheloth, and lay in Tahath. And they departed from Tahath, and pitched in Terah. And they removed from Retah, and pitched in Mithkah. And they went from Mithkah, and pitched in Hashmonah. And they departed from Hashmonah, and lay in Moseroth. And they departed from Moseroth, and pitched in Bene Jaakan. And they removed from Bene Jaakan, and lay in Hor Hagidgad. And they went from Hor Hagidgad, and pitched in Jotbathah. And they removed from Jotbathah, and lay in Abronah. And they departed from Abronah, and lay in Ezion Geber. And they removed from Ezion Geber, and pitched in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh. And they removed from Kadesh, and pitched in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom. (And Aaron the Priest went up int omount Hor, at the commandment of the Lord and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month. And Aaron was an hundred and three and twenty years old, when he died in mount Hor.) And King Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the South of the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel. And they departed from mount Hor, and pitched in Zalmonah. And they departed from Zalmonah, and pitched in Punon. And they departed from Punon, and pitched in Oboth. And they departed from Oboth, and pitched in Ije Abarim, in the borders of Moab. And they departed from Ijim, and pitched in Dibon Gad. And they removed from Dibon Gad, and lay in Almon Diblathaim. And they removed from Almon Diblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim before Nebo. And they departed from the mountains of Araim, and pitched in the plain of Moab by Jordan toward Jericho. And they pitched by Jordan, from Beth Jesimoth unto Abel Shittim, in the plain of Moab. Numbers 33:1–49
  • Now if it be preached, that Christ is risen from the dead, how say some among you, that there is no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. And we are found also false witnesses of God: for we have testified of God, that he hath raised up Christ: whom he hath not raised up, if so be the dead be not raised. For if the dead be not raised, then Christ is not raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain: ye are yet in your sins. And so they which are asleep in Christ, are perished. If in this life only we hope in Christ, we are of all men the most miserable. But nos is Christ risen from the dead, and was made the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the ead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: the firstfruit is Christ, afterward, they that are of Christ, at his coming shall rise again. Then shall be the end, when he hath delivered up the kingdom of God, even the Father, when he hath put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death. For he hath put own all things under his feet. (And when he saith that all things are subdued to him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put down all things under him.) And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him, that did subdue all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for dead? if the dead rise not at all, why are they then baptized for dead? Why are we also in jeapordy every hour? By your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If I have fought with beasts at Ephesus after the manner of men, what advantageth it me, if the deal be not raised up? let us eat and drink: for tomorrow we shall die. Be not deceived: evil speakings corrupt good manners. Awake to live righteously, and sin not: for some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:12–34
  • Unto thee, O Lord, do I cry: O my strength, be not deaf toward me, lest if thou answer me not, I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my petitions, when I cry unto thee, when I hold up my hands toward thine holy Oracle. Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity: which speak friendly to their neighbors, when malice is in their hearts. Reward them according to theirdeeds, and according to the wickedness of their inventions: recompense them after the work of their hands: render them their reward. For they reward not the works of the Lord, not the operation of his hands: therefore break them down, and build them not up. Praised be the Lord, for he hath heard the voice of my petitions. The Lord is my strength and my shield: mine heart trustedin him, and I was helped: therefore mine heart shall rejoice, and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the strength of the deliverences of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and exalt them forever. Psalm 28:1–9

Morning and Evening

March 29

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. Hebrews 5:8

We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease? Must Christ pass through seas of his own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dryshod in silver slippers? No, our Master’s experience teaches us that suffering is necessary, and the true-born child of God must not, would not, escape it if he might. But there is one very comforting thought in the fact of Christ’s “being made perfect through suffering”—it is, that he can have complete sympathy with us. “He is not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” In this sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power. One of the early martyrs said, “I can bear it all, for Jesus suffered, and he suffers in me now; he sympathizes with me, and this makes me strong.” Believer, lay hold of this thought in all times of agony. Let the thought of Jesus strengthen you as you follow in his steps. Find a sweet support in his sympathy; and remember that, to suffer is an honourable thing—to suffer for Christ is glory. The apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to do this. Just so far as the Lord shall give us grace to suffer for Christ, to suffer with Christ, just so far does he honour us. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings whom God hath anointed are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Let us not, therefore, shun being honoured. Let us not turn aside from being exalted. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us up. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.”

Evening

I called him, but he gave me no answer. Song of Solomon 5:6

Prayer sometimes tarrieth, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King cometh forth to fill her bosom with the blessings which she seeketh. The Lord, when he hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered his servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to his own pleasure. If it pleases him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall he not do as he wills with his own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials: God’s long-dated bills will be punctually honoured; we must not suffer Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers. Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers—they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded. Tried believer, thy Lord hath a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which thy holy groanings are numbered. By-and-by, thy suit shall prevail. Canst thou not be content to wait a little? Will not thy Lord’s time be better than thy time? By-and-by he will comfortably appear, to thy soul’s joy, and make thee put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting, and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.

Spurgeon, C. H.