~* O HAPPY DAY *~
Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10

It is always encouraging to share in a testimonial service by recalling with other believers the time we responded to God's loving invitation for personal salvation. To remember what we were, what we were doing, and where we could be today had not God encountered us is truly an important spiritual activity. But we must also be quick to note that the "happy day" of our new birth was never intended to be the final goal for our lives. Rather is was the starting point for developing a Christ-like life and an endless fellowship with our Lord.

Along with Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, Philip Doddridge is generally ranked as one of England's finest 18th Century hymn writers. "O Happy Day", a text which expresses so aptly the sense of joy in a personal relationship with God, is Doddridge's best-known hymn today. The hymn first appeared without the refrain in the 1775 collection of Doddridge's writings, published posthumously, as were all of his 400 hymn texts. The music did not appear for nearly 100 years after the text. It was likely adapted from one of the popular secular tunes of that time.



O happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

O happy bond, that seals my vows
To Him Who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house,
While to that sacred place I move.

'Tis done: the great transactionís done!
I am the Lordís and He is mine;
He drew me and I followed on;
Blessed to confess the voice divine.

Now rest, my long divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part;
Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast.

High Heav'n, that heard the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in lifeís latest hour I bow
And bless in death a bond so dear.

CHORUS:
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!



*For Today*: Psalm 32:11, 70:4; Habakkuk 3:18; Philippians 4:4; I John 1:8 & 9

Share with someone your salvation experience--the events that prompted the decision of conviction, repentance, and faith-- when you first fully realized that you had been adopted into the family of God!

MUSIC

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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