Sweeter Than the Day Before

  • Feb. 10, 2016
  • #8813

The sweetness of Jesus comes from His gift of salvation by faith, which encompasses the past, present, and future.

Sweeter Than the Day Before

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a beautiful old hymn that I just bet you remember.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer
that calls me from a world of care.
And bids me at my Father’s throne
make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief
my soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
by thy return sweet hour of prayer.

Don’t you love that word “sweet” in this old hymn? You know, there are so many things about knowing Christ that are just, well, they’re just sweet. Like this song goes, prayer can be sweet. Fellowship is sweet, and so is our salvation. Romans chapter 13, verse 11 says, "Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed."

That’s so true. Oh, my salvation is so much dearer, sweeter and nearer to me than when I first believed as a teenager. Now, I appreciated what Jesus had done when I was new in the faith, but I never considered Him “precious” or even “sweet”. I thought that only old hymn writers spoke of Jesus as precious and sweet! Now I am the one who is old. And I can understand what those old hymn writers meant. Because not only is my salvation nearer and more dear than when I first believed; so is Jesus. He is my true Friend when I feel alone. He is my Fortress when I am frightened. Jesus is my Beloved when I give Him praise. He is my Righteousness when I have sinned. He is my Bread of Life when I feel hungry for more than this world offers. He is my comforter when I am hurting. And He is the Shepherd who seeks me when I've gone astray.

How did Jesus become so precious to me? Well, this is the way I look at it this way: ‘today is the first day of the rest of my salvation!’ After all, the Christian idea of salvation involves not only the past, but it involves the present and the future. Ephesians chapter 2, verse 8 says "By grace you have been saved through faith." Then, First Corinthians chapter 1, verse 18 says, “the Gospel is the power of God to us who are being saved." And I Corinthians chapter 5 says, “we may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." There you have it! We have been saved. We are being saved. And we will be saved. At every stage we are saved by the death of Christ. In the past, our sins were paid for by Christ on the cross. In the present, the death of Jesus secures the power of God's Spirit to save us from the domination of sin. And in the future, it will be the blood of Jesus that saves us from the wrath of God to come, and ushers us in to perfection and joy eternal.

“Sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care.” Today, grasp the sweetness of all that Christ has purchased for you in the past, present, and future.

Music: "Sweet Hour of Prayer" Words by William Walford, Music by William Bradbury, Public Domain

Photo: quotesgram.com

 © Joni and Friends

 

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