Hymns of Faith: Oh Happy Day That Fixed My Choice

Hymns Of Faith

Oh Happy Day That Fixed My Choice; such a beautiful hymn that has strengthened, encouraged and blessed many generations from the moment it was published. To appreciate the beauty of this hymn, we ought to take a look at how this hymn was conceived, how this was inspired of God from the composition of a Pastor named Philip Doddridge.

Our story begins with a woman named Monica Doddridge who gave birth to Philip. She had been through the pain of labor no less than 20 times. 18 of her children had died in infancy. Philip was delivered as though stillborn, and so the midwife set him aside to attend to his mother. And then the baby cried out. At that moment Monica determined that young Philip’s life had been saved for a purpose. She spent the next few years doing her best to teach her frail son the Scriptures.

At a young age, Philip Doddridge was orphaned. An excerpt from his diary tells that his faith in God remained strong: God is an immortal Father. My soul rejoices in Him. He hath hitherto helped me and provided for me; may it be my study to approve myself a more affectionate, dutiful and grateful child. With no family and no money for formal training, friends encouraged him to give up his dream of entering the ministry. Doddridge took the matter to prayer and God miraculously provided funds.

Doddridge found his place among the clergy of the English Dissenters. He was pastor of an independent congregation and taught at a seminary for dissenting ministers. More than 200 years later, this same college (now under another name) includes a large collection of his manuscripts in the library. Doddridge wrote more than 50 hymns, including the very popular O Happy Day..

O Happy Day has survived the centuries in various formats, with different melodies, and in both 3/4 and 4/4 time. The song has been recorded by several famous artists, including Joan Baez and the Hawkins Singers. It has been a part of many movies, including The Nutty Professor II, and Sister Act II. It has been sung by church and school choirs, at baptismal, confirmations, Easter and Christmas celebrations. O Happy Day is a timeless song that brings inspiration and joy to the hearts of both doubters and believers.

O Happy Day

O happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Refrain:

Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away.

O happy bond, that seals my vows
To Him Who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house,
While to that sacred shrine I move.

Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away.

‘Tis done: the great transaction’s done!
I am the Lord’s and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on;
Charmed to confess the voice divine.

Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away.

Now rest, my long divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful center, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part;
Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast.

Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when
Jesus washed my sins away.

High heaven, that heard the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in life’s latest hour I bow
And bless in death a bond so dear.

As we learned of this hymn; its history, conception and appreciated the beauty of this song of praise to our King. We would like to end with a wonderful offering as our Head Pastor; Pastor Lyle Lopez visited Armor Bearers Taguig, an outreach of AHF Philippines as he taught the youths this song. Be blessed Dear Saint!

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Light Talk: The Danger of Procrastination

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How many times that you were set to have a meeting at 8:00 in the morning but your slackness gets into the way. You put off chores to be addressed right away a day before and in the nick of time all those chores gets cluttered; one thing on top of the other. Then your phone rings and the person you are going to have a meeting with asks: “where are you?” You reply: “I am on my way” well in fact you were just about to take a shower. – PROCRASTINATION! How long do we desire to keep it this way?

Procrastination is defined as: To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. To postpone or delay needlessly.

It starts with lateness, and that tiny latency, and that lack of desire and intentionality to be prompt. This movement gives birth to the shades of procrastination. The attitude begins with a little” I’ll do it later”, soon after ” I’ll do it tomorrow”, then ” Promise next week I’ll do it.” Promises you yourself is not convinced to fulfill, then so on and so forth, until your procrastination becomes widespread. Procrastination that is bigger than yourself, bigger than your home, bigger that your whole universe. It extends its borders until people around you gets so affected, vexed, hurt,miserable and worse destroyed. A little procrastination can lead to losing your Job,bankruptcy,poverty,severed relationship,sour business,resentment, failure upon failure,stealing,habitual chronic lying and death.
The saddest part of procrastination is that the fruit of despair doesn’t just affect the person who is procrastinating, more so the people around procrastinators. It has a ripple effect and it just doesn’t stop. Procrastination according to Joyce Meyer “is a thief”. I would say denying one’s procrastination makes one fall into more procrastination, justifying it makes procrastination a Life -STYLE. ” our Second Nature.”

Proverbs 6:4“Don’t procrastinate – there’s no time to lose.”

Jesus Christ knocks into the door of our hearts and yet we put it off, we know what everlasting life is, yet we put off the chance to be co-heirs of His Kingdom; And if we were saved, we procrastinate in working out our salvation with much fear and trembling, that we reluctantly embrace that we were set apart toward sanctification for God’s Glory. We put off our striving for personal holiness, and if someone does advocate personal holiness, he ends up being called judgmental and self-righteous. Where do we draw the line? Do we justify our actions of putting off sanctification because of the understanding that God is simply good and Gracious? Do we tell ourselves God is our judge and only God knows the condition of our hearts. Yes definitely , but God commanded us; as we are set apart for His purpose we should desire to be Holy and not procrastinate in doing so. This includes all our dealings, plans, concerns and everything under the sun.

1 Peter 1:16“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

The little utterances of “I will do it later.” is as humongous as not finishing well.

Prayer: Lord let me do good, doing good at the right time for the right reason. May the holy Spirit’s prompting be so clear to me that I may Obey you with promptness and humility in Jesus name Amen!

Pure Daily Devotional: Day 10

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Day 10

Psalm 147:6 “The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.”

Proverbs 16:18“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

A humble gentle person is Lifted up by God Himself. The humble in heart will be promoted and rewarded and be blessed with good success,whereas the prideful, arrogant, haughty and wicked person ends up in poverty, disgrace and destruction.

Question: share an experience when you humbled yourself and gave your right of way  to a person or situation and after doing so, you experienced God blessings and approval.

Pure Daily Devotional: Day 9

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Day 9

Proverbs 22:4“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”

Jesus Christ is true to His promise, when he said In Matthew 5:3,5,9

[3]“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[5] Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
[9] Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Poor in Spirit means- humble and meek. Teachable heart.

We all strive to reach our dreams and goals and be rewarded, but the reward we know of  is only limited to the ways of the world. We should desire to seek the rewards that is everlasting, rewards that has Eternal Value which comes from God alone. God also wants us prospered and blessed while on earth, the bible says in

Psalm 27:13“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

God’s will for us is to have Riches,Honor and Life. God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To receive all of God’s blessing we should be in right standing with God. “Humility” and “Fear Of The Lord ” is the Key to have “Riches”, “Honor” and “Life.”

3 John 1:2“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God  will supply every need of yours  according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Question: How much do you value humility? How do you express your reverence or fear in God?

Pure Daily Devotional: Day 8

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Day 8

Luke 14:11“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Exalt: is defined as to raise in rank, power, or character, to elevate by praise or in estimation : glorify

God is not pleased with us when we praise and glorify ourselves . It is only God who is worthy to be Praised and Glorified. Wisdom is meekness and humility. Let other lips praise you and not of yourself.
Examples of self glorification:

1.” I’m the greatest and brightest in our class.”
2. ” I have done nothing wrong, I am a good person.”
“I don’t deserve to be treated this way.”

Luke 18:19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

We don’t deserve anything, but because of God’s goodness and unmerited Grace and Favor to us we are alive and well.

1 Corinthians 15:10-12 “But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me.”

Question: When was the last time God humbled you from your prideful ways?