Hymn Study: One Day

Just as a fun preamble...I was thinking the other day about hymns I would want sung at my funeral, and this is one of them.  I LOVE this song.

But funeral arrangements aside.... here's more about the author and the songs history.  :)

I am so thankful that J. Wilbur Chapman wrote it back in the day.   Mr. Chapman lived from 1850-1918, an American belonging to the Presbyterian church.  As a child he attended a Quaker Day School and a Methodist Sunday School.  Upon maturity he became a pastor within the Presbyterian Church, later becoming an evangelist working under Dwight Moody.

Overtime he became a superintendant over a number of other evangelists.  In 1909, Chapman demanded that any field evangelist who doubted the inerrancy of Scripture be removed from ministry. (sourceI read this and thought "good on him".

Most of his work occured in the states...but get this.. he made an evangelistic trip to Canada! 

Interesting fact.  Chapman wrote two poems that he gave to his evangelistic singing partner to put to a tune Charles Marsh. Marsh then wrote the tune, but there was disagreement over the copyright between two publishers. As a result, this song was not published until 1911.  (source)



1 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!

Chorus: 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! 

2 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![Chorus]

3 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![Chorus]

4 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![Chorus]

5 One day the trumpet Will sound for His coming,
One day the skies With His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved One bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine![Chorus]


  1. To be honest, this was never one of my favorites until I heard the version that Casting Crowns recorded - and they really didn't change the melody! Interesting story behind it.

    1. That's funny kym, I heard the casting crowns version and went 'meh'. :) different tunes for different folks eh?

  2. Another old one I remember singing in my grandmother's church. That is an interesting history.

    1. I like many of the old hymns, I like much of the praise and worship music as well.

  3. What a wonderful hymn! Thank you for adding the historical background - that makes it a great teaching moment for our little homeschool.

    1. thanks! We find it interesting knowing some of the history.

  4. Growing up, I attended a Wesleyan Church where I learned most of the old hymns. Yet, I hadn't heard this one until Casting Crowns had recorded it. Thank you for sharing the story behind the hymn!

    1. one of the things I learned as a young adult were how different hymns were popular in different denominations. I found it very surprising at the time. As I've matured I've learned how some hymns have surpassed denominations differences....and that I just love. :)

  5. The refrain of this one is so poignant! O glorious day! Yes! It will be glorious and without all of that other (living, dying, buried, rising!), we would have no hope. I do like this one. Maybe I will ask At Home Dad to lead it when he leads singing in a couple of weeks. Thanks! - Lori

    1. the chorus gets me EVERY time Lori. Biggest reason why I love this song so much. Everytime we sing it in church I want to defy tradition and dance around singing it. :) (yes,.. i'm a closet rebel). :)


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