What a Day That Will Be


Words and music: James Hill

There is coming a day
When no heartache shall come
No more clouds in the sky
No more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more
On that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day
That will be

Chorus:
What a day, that will be
When my Jesus, I shall see
And I look upon His face
The one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promise Land
What a day, glorious day
That will be

There’ll be no sorrow there
No more burdens to bear
No more sickness nor pain
No more parting over there
And forever I will be
With the One, who died for me
What a day, glorious day
That will be

Scriptural Reference:

“In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel.”  Isaiah 4:2 “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.”  Acts 2:20

What is heaven to you? Well I have heard a lot of different descriptions of heaven and they are marvellous to muse over. Here are some and I hope you will be blessed.

Heaven is the finish line. The God of all ages will be there and I just want to be there. Yes heaven is one glorious place and we are going. Yet still, heaven is a city whose builder and maker is the lord of the ages and heaven is more real than the cities we live in now. Yes Heaven is a place where our beloved have gone. A place where household names have gone, where smiles have vanished. But God our maker has led our dear ones along and He can do no wrong.

The Bible says: Precious in his sight is the death of his saint (Psalm 116:15). When it is your time, he will be there and he will get you home. You are precious now and forever. Its true, there are only war veterans in heaven, those who have fought a good fight for the master and one day we too will be there. What a day that will be!

This song was written by Jim Hill who established both his ministry and his presence as a performer on the gospel circuit in the early ’60s.  The year 2008 marked 50 years since this song was written by Jim Hill. Musically, he is known for a tenor voice with a purity that was outstanding. Hill worked with groups such as the Statesman Quartet, The Stamps Quartet, and the Golden Keys Quartet. This song became more popular through the Gaither Homecoming videos where Jim Hill himself has sung the song.

I have done some background research and found out how this song came to be written.  Jim Hill relates that his mother-in-law became very sick. He was a very new Christian at that time. One day when he was coming home from work, he was asking God why this was happening to his mother-in-law.  Then he said, words just started filling his mind but he did not have anything to write the words down.  So, when he got home he got out of the car, looked down and there was an old piece of cardboard. So, he picked it up and wrote down the words to “What A Day That Will Be.”  The first person that Jim Hill sang the song for was his mother-in-law.

What truth and encouragement this song is to so many.  Listen to what God has promised for His children.  Revelation 21: 3-4 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

In the midst of tragedies, heartache, sorrow, death; we need GOD’S GOOD NEWS.  All the bad things which happen to us in this world ought to help us understand, that this world is not home.  In fact, this world was never intended to be so good, that we would not want to leave it.  As Christians, we are aliens and foreigners here, just making our way home.  I am on my journey now.  How are you doing as you journey toward that Heavenly Home?

About Jim Hill: Jim Hill is one of two historic figures in American gospel music with basically the same name. Like many aspects of gospel, they can be most easily separated according to race. While the man most often known as James Hill was a legend of black gospel and a member of the groups the Skylarks and the Fairfield Four, singer and songwriter Jim Hill comes from the white gospel ministry, where he is associated with preaching performers such as Bill & Gloria Gaither. As a songwriter, Hill’s most famous contribution to the gospel repertoire is “What a Day That Will Be,” a number that has been covered by groups such as the Greater Vision and the Horizon Quartet. Country superstars the Oak Ridge Boys also recorded material by Hill on the group’s gospel projects. Hill established both his ministry and his presence as a performer on the gospel circuit in the early ’60s. He released the first recording under his own name, named after his most famous song, only at the outset of the new millennium. Musically, he is known for a tenor voice with a purity that unfortunately can no longer be matched by the streams of Appalachia. In the first few decades of his career, he was also known for manic energy both on-stage and in the studio. Hill worked with groups such as the Statesman Quartet, the Stamps Quartet, and the Golden Keys Quartet.

A couple of comments about the lyrics:

There is coming a day, when no heartache shall come, no more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye, All is peace forever more on that happy golden shore; The end of our life is certain. We will surely die someday. But more than that, the day of the coming of the Lord is very sure to come. The end of all things will oneday come. In that day when God takes his own away from this earth – the Power of gravity will fail to pull us down. For we shall rise to be with the Lord forever more.

What a day that will be. When my Jesus, I shall see. And I look upon His face the one who saved me by His grace;- Friends we can only imagine how it will be like. When our eyes behold Him who did everything to make us new. When our eyes see Him who died for us – Oh what a day that will be. We can only imagine

When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promise Land– He will be there to receive us and to take us by the hand and show us all the mansions he has prepared for us. God Himself made the heaven and the earth and everything in it in 7 days, but on that day our eyes will see what God has been preparing for 200 years. The Promised Land itself. The land of milk and honey we will see. What a day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there. No more burdens to bear. No more sickness nor pain. No more parting over there. And forever I will be With the One, who died for me: Oh friend, it must be a great moment to be away from this home where pain is the norm. The loved ones who have gone ahead we will see and never part again from each other. No goodbyes there. What a day that will be and I cannot wait to be there.

God I thank you for preparing such a place and please continuously cleanse us from sin that we might be with you there.

Not sure which version to go for but here is another

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