I Don’t Think So…


Music. I love music! Music is one of the great therapies of life!

In one of God’s ironic twists, He has given me a love for music and no personal aptitude for it whatsoever. My gifts revolve around the visual arts and the written word, but they stop short when it comes to playing an instrument or singing in a way that does not make people want to flee from me or fly at me!

Despite my vocal handicap, I still enjoy singing—especially in our worship service. Traditional or modern you ask? I go both ways. We sing both traditional and “praise and worship” songs at my church. I like them both.

It is in this pro music, pro praise chorus context that I come to the topic of my post. One of the songs we sing regularly is “Sweeter.” The chorus goes like this….

Everyday with you Lord
Is sweeter than the day before
Everyday with You Lord
Is sweeter than the day before

Every morning I will worship
Every evening I’ll adore
Cause everyday with You
Is sweeter than the day before

Really? That is the experience of the Christian life—that every day is sweeter than the day before? I have been a Christian for 30 years. I have been in pastoral ministry for 12 of those years. At least in my experience, this is not true.

Now, I DO have a joy in my heart and soul that does not die. Even when life seems to be falling apart at the seems, even when the enemy has me in his cross hairs and is coming at me with all his vim and vigor, my joy in Christ remains. I know to Whom I belong, and I have a peace even in the midst of life’s most fiery trials because I know that nothing can take me out of His hand. But I cannot say that everyday has been sweeter than the day before.

Joseph was given that wonderful coat on one sweet day, the next his brothers stripped him of it, beat him, dropped him in a pit and sold him into slavery. Was that day sweeter than the day before?

David was anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul as king of Israel one sweet day, the next Saul was throwing spears at him and driving him into hiding in the desert. Was that day sweeter than the day before? Could we read through David’s psalms and come to the conclusion that every day was sweeter than the day before? Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t think so.

There is a reason that songs like Amazing Grace, It Is Well with My Soul, and A Mighty Fortress are still favorites centuries after they were written. There is a reason that we refuse to forget them even though countless songs have been written since. They speak to the common reality that life is not always sweet; but because of Christ we have hope, not some flimsy-wishy-washy hope that something “might” happen, but rather a firm conviction that in Christ, because of Christ, despite the way things look that we can say “it is well with my soul.” We need songs of praise that speak to the struggles, the battles, and the pain that we experience between Sundays that remind us of God’s faithfulness to us in the midst of those times.

Am I making sense? What do you think? I welcome your comments….

6 Comments

  1. It’s not really suggested by the upbeat tempo of the song, but maybe we could take a look at the lyrics in a reflective way. From someone who hasn’t known Christ their entire life, maybe the day “before” is the day before we came to know Him, the day before He freed our hearts…

    “What a privilege to know You, like I know You…
    To be loved like You loved me
    What honor to worship, truly worship
    From this heart that You have freed
    From the rising of the sun …to the setting of the same”

    Probably trying to read into it more than was intended… and I agree, the songs that reflect the seriousness of the journey can be the most meaningful of all. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Bethany,
      If the song is about new believers, or meant to make us reflect on the difference that Christ has made, I wish it were more obvious in the lyrics. I suppose my thoughts come from feeling that sometimes we give false impressions of what the Christian life is life. I don’t want people to feel something is wrong with them because that is not their experience. Nor do I want people thinking that is the expectation they should have.

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  2. I think that as a pastor, Robert Claire Loveless well knew the troubles and trials that could come into life. But he must have also known that it’s precisely those things which cause us to go deeper in our walk with the Lord, and thereby discover him, day after day, to be sweeter than we previously knew. After all, the song doesn’t say every day is sweeter, just that each new day with Jesus gets sweeter! At least, that’s the way I see it!

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    1. Hi Sheila, thank you so much for that insight. It helps. I would feel better if it said everyday with you Lord, you are sweeter than the day before. I think that is really what is meant…. and what you are pointing out to me.

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      1. Yes, that’s what I think. As you said, life doesn’t always seem to give us sweetness. But as we know, it’s often that bitterness which brings us closer to the Lord and then we see HIS sweetness more and more!

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  3. I do think as we age we appreciate life more and in a way appreciate god more. He tries us I know I’ve had my rough spots but at the end of it all I’ve learned life is indeed a gift and it gets sweeter the older we get because we learn to appreciate the gifts of that new day. Though I understand we don’t always see today as a gift. I certainly had my days like that too. Still /hugs and kudos though i feel he was making a point at the perfect ideal love for God. But we know we humans are far from Ideal or capable or perfect anything.

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