William Clark Martin, 1864-1914

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 5:2

This hymn, yet another favorite of my pastor's, is beautiful in its childlike faith and simplicity. Over and over throughout the verses and chorus, the author extols Christ for His virtues, His attributes. Verse one touches on Christ's omnipresence, His being ever-present with us, both in the presence of His Holy Spirit upon salvation and as seen through the beauty of His creation or just our daily walk. Verse two speaks of His omnipotence, His power to fill satisfy our longings. And verse three covers His omniscience, His knowing when and how to carry and relieve our burdens. Yet the chorus reminds us that in Heaven, He will be even sweeter to us yet!

William C. Martin was pastor of the Noank Baptist Church in Noank, Connecticut (1894-1900). He later served at the East Albany First Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts and then at the First Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida, from 1912 until his Home-going. He was a prolific hymn-writer, though this and the hymn "My Anchor Holds" are really the only ones included in most modern hymnals. Both have the joy of salvation and the praise of God for His divine attributes that so marks the great hymns of the faith.

To Jesus every day I find my heart is closer drawn,
Hes fairer than the glory of the gold and purple dawn;
Hes all my fancy pictures in its fairest dreams, and more,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before!

His glory broke upon me when I saw Him from afar,
Hes fairer than the lily, brighter than the morning star;
He fills and satisfies my longing spirit oer and oer,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before!

My heart is sometimes heavy, but He comes with sweet relief,
He folds me to His bosom when I droop with blighting grief;
I love the Christ Who all my burdens in His body bore,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before!

The half cannot be fancied
This side the golden shore;
O there Hell be still sweeter
Than He ever was before!

*For Today*: John 1:1; Psalm 19:7-11, 104:34, 119:103; II Corinthians 2:15

Can you say of your relationship with Christ through prayer and meditation on His Word that each day He grows sweeter to you than He was the day before? May this become our goal, to learn to love Him better every day!

Music Courtesy of The Cyber Hymnal

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