One day when heaven was filled with His praises

One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
  One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
  Dwelt among men, my example is He!
  Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
  Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
    One day He’s coming—O glorious day!
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
  One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;
  Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
  One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
  Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
  One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
  Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
  One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
  Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
Jim Hicks

Barnhart, MO, United States

I heard my Mother sing this song when just a lad. It brings me to tears every time I hear it. I was saved at the age of 17. Now at 82 the song is as touching as ever. It's so good to see so many people from all over the world that enjoy it also.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

John Wilbur Chapman was born in Richmond, Indiana, and was ordained to the Presbyterian Church ministry. After 20 years he felt called to be an evangelist and travelled around the world for 10 years. He became the 1st director of the Winona Lake Bible Conference in Indiana. Besides authoring or editing 30 books and many tracts, he also wrote several hymns and compiled a number of hymn books. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin

Lynda Spencer

Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, United Kingdom

This hymn has never failed to stir me, often to move me to tears, since I first sang it as a child more than 50 years ago! But I also love and am moved by many, many of the modern worship songs! God is still inspiring His people to put Biblical truth to music for a new generation of worshippers and I am grateful for the many dedicated young musicians who are using their talents for His glory in the area of church music, my own sons and daughter-in-law included in that number. There is room for the old and the new, so long as the underlying desire is to bring praise to the Lord and win others for His Kingdom.

Paul Williams

Stockton, California, United States

This is my mother's favorite hymn. The lyrics are rich with theology and are heart warming. My favorite song is "And Can It Be That I should gain", another hymn that is rich in theology and describes the awe felt by all believers. Best Christmas carol is 'Hark the Harold Angels Sing'. It is a pity that these wonderful hymns are being abandoned for mindless praise chorus.

Evelyn Usry

Augusta, GA, United States

This is a beautiful hymn that I loved to hear my Papa sing for many years, now he knows what this song means in Heaven.


Tadi, Western, Ghana

I love this touches my heart.... it is awesome.

Kenneth Houghton

Blackburn, United Kingdom

This will always remind me of the after church rallies at Rshton Gospel Hall,

with Les Johnson leading, and his brother Melvyn playing the piano. Blessed happy times.

Ron Christian Denhard

Lingfield, Surrey, United Kingdom

I am now 89 years of age. The chorus of this hymn is the first chorus that I ever heard when I was invited to a young people's Bible class at the age of 14 years. It was one of the links that led to my conversion the following year. The bible class was at a brethren chapel called Ley Street Gospel Hall, Ilford, on the outskirts of London and was led by a brother by the name of Dr. Fred Filby.

Nelson Liu

Irvine, CA, United States

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried my sins far away;

Rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O GLORIOUS DAY!!!!!

Rob Birkett

Gloucester, United Kingdom

Preparing to lead a service...what wonderful words of comfort; we can set aside all our own worries and concerns and focus on the Lord Jesus and other things grow strangely dim in the light of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. these words were penned by an evangelist who had just lost his second wife many years ago; inspirational

John from Rakops (March 29) we were together in Botswana in 1987ish...Tutume

If you read this I'd love to catch up.

In this gospel campaign we will also use Hymns, #987, which is an excellent gospel hymn written by the American evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman. In Chapman's days, the prevailing theology was the theology taught by the modernists. The modernists said that the Lord Jesus was not God, that His death had not been for redemption, and that He had not been resurrected. Therefore, Chapman purposely wrote this hymn of five verses. The first verse is on the birth of the Lord Jesus, the second verse is on His death, the third verse is on His burial, the fourth verse is on His resurrection, and the fifth verse is on His coming back. This hymn not only has a dignified tune, but its chorus is also particularly well written, pointing out the subject matter of all five verses. The chorus says, "Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; / Buried, He carried my sins far away; / Rising, He justified freely forever: / One day He's coming—O glorious day!" The content of this hymn is proper and rich, and the tune is dignified.

The hymn we just sang, hymn 987, was written at the beginning of this century. It was written by an American brother. At that time, the liberal theology was flourishing, which said that the Bible is not the word of God, that miracles are not real, and that the resurrection of Jesus was merely a resurrection of His ideas. It also said that there are neither angels nor demons.


This hymn has five verses. The first verse speaks of Jesus' incarnation. The second tells of His crucifixion. The third verse speaks of His burial, the fourth, of His resurrection, and the fifth, of His second coming. The last phrase of the fifth verse says, "This Jesus is mine!" What the author was saying at the end was "This is my Jesus! My Jesus is not the Jesus that you modernists claim to know. My Jesus was incarnated because He loved me. He was crucified to save me and buried to take my sins far away. He rose to justify me freely forever, and one day He is coming back to receive me."