If I’m to be honest, historically, I kind of don’t like Sundays. It’s not always fun to have weekends come to a close, especially when they are full of fun visits with family or friends’ wedding weekends or whatever your particular revelry of choice. But it doesn’t seem right to be lamenting the start of the work week on the Lord’s Day.
But, some time ago I made the acquaintance of this little tune:
I think this is a good example of how surrounding yourself with Truth can be transformational. (I think I mean that it can be a means of sanctification, assuming that’s not a new age heresy I’m now espousing publicly.)
Really, I’m just saying that celebrating the Lord’s Day as the Lord’s Day, instead of mourning the end of the weekend, is a good thing – and I recommend this song for just that. Here’s a little lyrical taste (I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting my favorite phrases – the ones that feel like “really, how could I sing this and not rejoice?”):
O day of rest and gladness, of day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright:
On Thee, the high and lowly, through ages joined in tune,
Sing holy, holy, holy, to the great God Triune.
Thou art a cooling fountain in life’s dry, dreary sand;
From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain*, we view our promised land.
Today on weary nations the heavenly manna falls;full lyrics here: http://lyrics.astraweb.com/display/210/hymns..unknown..o_day_of_rest_and_gladness.html
To holy convocations the silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing with pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing, with soul refreshing streams.
Sometimes I even listen to this song full-blast in the car on other days of the week. Nevermind that the other songs on my “most played” playlist include “Party in the USA” and “Baby“…although I can’t imagine what my duplex-buddy thinks of my varied tastes.
Anyway, I recommend the song and the Sabbath-celebrating, and I hope you’ll find rest and gladness in both.