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!
Gabriel Konayuma

Lusaka, Zambia

This is a hymn among hymns. It's been on my mind the past few days. We used to sing it at Scripture Union meetings in the 80s. It's a glorious declaration of the Person and Work of Christ. It is a song that deserves to be sung again and again in our churches and Christian meetings.

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Wilbur Chapman, the writer of this hymn was born in 1859 and died in 1918. He is best known for the hymn, Jesus What A Friend For Sinners. It was written from experiences in his personal life. At the age of 51, when he wrote the hymn, he had gone through his share of heartache. His first two wives and a son died within a period of about 20 years, leaving him alone with four children in his 40s. Yet his persistent focus on evangelism led many in North America and Asia to Christ. Chapman joined several evangelism teams in the Philadelphia area that resulted in the conversion of many-a-sinner. It was following the death of his second wife, as Wilbur prepared to marry for a third time, that he wrote the hymn about his friend Jesus. He had begun preaching with D. L. Moody in 1863, as well as leading some evangelistic events on his own. Chapman was also involved in promoting Christian summer conferences. For a while, he was the director of the Winona Lake Bible Conference in Indiana. He also helped to establish Bible conferences in Montreat, North Carolina, and the Stony Brook Assembly conferences on Long Island. Wilbur expended all his energy as he ministered, and as a result, suffered at least 13 serious breakdowns with his health over the course of his career, being laid up for extended periods during his latter years.

First stanza:

Jesus! What a friend of sinners!

Jesus lover of my soul;

Friends may fail me,

Foes assail me,

He, my Savior, makes me whole.


Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah! What a friend!

Saving, helping, keeping, loving,

He is with me to the end

(Commentary by Lewis-Els Codington)

Carol McFarlane

London, United Kingdom

Was reminded of this hymn by another member of our group on an oak hall trip to israel recently.. The lyrics are so Christ focused and helpful to preach the gospel to myself before I preach it to others. Glad to have access to all the verses.

Amina Banda

Ndola, Copperbelt, South Africa

A glorious hymn

Maggy T Brown

Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica

Praise the Lord for that One Day. Let us all prepare our lives to meet with Him.


Noblesville, Indiana, United States

The glorious Gospel, our good news!

Trust Jesus, He did this for you.


Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

@Dear Henrich,

I believe Elizabeth meant SS&S to be the Sacred Songs and Solos Hymn Book.

@Dear Elizabeth,

That particular hymn is not in the SS&S but you can find it in the Baptist Hymnal or other Hymnals or even online if you are not particular about the solfa notations .

God bless you all.

Henrich Brockhaus

Bellingham, WA, United States

Dear Elizabeth, if you told us what you mean by SS&S, someone could help you. I googled it and found nothing useful. What a chorus! What a terse and precise summary of the Good News. I touches my heart and lifts it up.


Amac, Abuja, Nigeria

Pls I love this hymn but I need the SS&S number pls can someone help?

William T Bacon

Neptune City, NJ, United States

The song give me hope that one day I will be able to see my Lord face to face. One Day, praise God from whom all blessing flow.

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."