O Happy Day: A New Song in My Heart:
[note – I originally posted this two days ago on The Beausejour Pulpit (my other blog), but felt that it was worth reposting here today – on my spiritual birthdate!).
“This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – and I was the worst of them all.” (1 Timothy 1:15).
It was a warm summer‘s night in August of 1989 – an evening I’ll NEVER forget. I was on holidays with my family in Alberta, staying with my aunt and uncle in Red Deer. On our last night there, before heading home for Saskatchewan, I decided to go out to Lacombe to visit my friend Jerrold, and spend the night at his house. I had met him the summer before while working my very first job at a McDonald’s in Red Deer. Anyway, I had no idea when I drove out to their farmhouse that night that my life was about to be changed forever.
That night, Jerrold and his cousin Lane started talking to me about Jesus. They taught me these simple truths from the Bible. First of all, they told me that the Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Now, that wasn’t very encouraging news to me. They didn’t need to tell me that, I KNEW that I was a sinner – and not just your average, run-of-the-mill sinner, but a professional sinner. I won’t tell you all the gory details, but let’s just say that I was very much into the bar scene, girls, and the rebellious, riotous lifestyle associated with that. They went on to tell me that, “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23b), and “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). They told me that the Bible says, “that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
On that night, God rescued me from kingdom of darkness, and he brought me into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God had purchased my freedom with his blood and had forgiven all my sins. I was lost, but now I had been found. I was spiritually dead, but God had given me new life. I was a child of the devil, but God had adopted me into His family, and now I was a child of God. I was on the way to hell, but now, because Jesus saved me, I was on the way to Heaven. God put a new song in my heart on that day that I’ve been singing ever since. Amazing Grace, how SWEET the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see. O Happy Day, when Jesus washed my sins away. Listen to the song in my heart:
- The greatest day in history, Death is beaten, You have rescued me
- Sing it out Jesus is alive
- The empty cross, The empty grave, Life eternal You have won the day
- Shout it out Jesus is alive, He’s alive
- Oh happy day, happy day, You washed my sin away
- Oh happy day, happy day, I’ll never be the same, Forever I am changed
(if you don’t know this song, you can view a youtube video HERE).
Reader, today, if you don’t know Jesus, call upon His name. He will save you – He will forgive your sins, wash you clean, and adopt you into God’s family. And if you are one of God’s children, then don’t let your song be silent. Rejoice that your name is written in Heaven – and tell someone else the Good News today. “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love.” (Acts 20:24).
Pastor Chris Jordan