Hymn of the Week

by Jeff Mowery

I’ll Have A New Life

On the resurrection morning when all the dead in Christ shall rise,
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life….eternal
Sown in weakness raised in power, ready to live in paradise,
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life….Oh yes!

I’ll have a new home of love eternal with the redeemed of God to stand
(Glory Glory, Never sad)
There’ll be no more sorrow, nor more pain, there’ll be no more strife (no strife)
Yes, raised in the likeness of my Savior, ready to live in glory land.
(In His likeness, I’ll be glad)
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life….Oh yes!

Free from every imperfection, youthful and happy I shall be
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life….eternal
Glorified with Him forever, death will be lost in victory
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life, Oh yes!

What a hallelujah morning when the last trump of God shall sound,
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life….eternal
Graves all bursting, saints a shouting, heavenly beauty all around.
I’ll have a new body, Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life, Oh yes!


Last week at the His Hands Extended devotion in Cleveland, Tennesee, Darlia Conn, wife of Lee University President Paul Conn, spoke and shared about God making things new and renewing things in our life.  To a group of mainly seasoned citizens, she reminded all of us that God is in the business of renewing and making things new no matter how long you have lived.  By God’s grace, He takes away the old and makes us new.  Old things have passed away. Behold all things are made new.  We receive Christ and He makes us new on the inside.  He gives us a new life.  Eternal life.  He gives us new mercies – morning by morning.  This thought of God making us new reminded me of this great Redback hymnal song – I’ll have a new life.

There are certain Redback songs that I have a special affinity for, and this is one of them.  Couple of reasons for that.  First.  It is a song where the bass gets to lead.  You don’t have many songs where the bass carries the lead, but in this song, you have got to have a strong bass to make it work.  As a “wanna-be” bass singer, I think it is awesome when the bass sings the lead.  Second.  This is a song I remember hearing at Sunday night singings at Southern Hills Church of God growing up.  A men’s quarter would get together, and someone would sing the high tenor and make you smile, and someone else would belt out the bass notes, and I would sit back and say to myself – “I wish I had a new voice and could sing like they can.”

I also like this song because the Cathedrals used to sing it.  The late great George Younce would sing this song, and if you can’t smile when you watch George Younce sing about heaven, something is wrong with you.  Here’s a link to a 1970’s Cathedral version of this song.  I want you to pay special attention to the suits they are wearing.  I guess at one time, these ties, sportcoats, and rust colored slacks were “new,” but boy looking back 40 years, they look really old to me.


Couple of comments on the lyrics:

  • On that resurrection morning – I find this lyric very interesting in that I have always pictured the resurrection of the saints happening at night.  In my mind, I am fast asleep and the trump of God wakes me up, and me, wife, and my kids all meet the Lord in the air.  It is dark so we see His glory shine like the Sun in the middle of the night.  That’s the scene I have in my mind.  So the concept of the “resurrection morning” seemed a little odd to me.  But the reality is it will be morning somewhere when the Lord comes back.  It will be a Hallelujah morning somewhere on the Earth.  In John 21 after His resurrection, Jesus fixed the disciples breakfast by the sea.  I know we are going to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb because the Bible tells us so, but maybe, just maybe, the Lord will fix us breakfast on that resurrection morning.  Can you imagine the biscuits and gravy He could fix?  The more I think about it, the more I am longing for that resurrection morning.  How about you?
  • Sown in weakness raised in power – This is a direct reference to I Corinthians where Paul tell us about our glorious, celestial bodies in Heaven.  Beginning in verse 40, the Apostle Paul says There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”  I am looking forward to that day where we have a new body and when we have a new life.
  • In His likeness, I’ll be glad – Romans 6 has some powerful truths about dying to sin and being alive in Christ.  In verse 4, Paul writes Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  Paul tells us that we should die to sin while on this earth if Christ has become our Lord and Savior.  If we have been buried with Him through baptism, then we will share in His likeness – the likeness of  His resurrection, and that makes me glad.

Over the next several weeks as we go through the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, you will probably see many commercials on TV about losing that extra weight gained during the holidays.  They will have before and after pictures of peoples bodies that have lost a ton of weight through a magic pill, or a tree-bark diet, or some unusual green beret, Navy seal exercise program.  I am usually skeptical of these commercials.  Do these people really exist?  I know I probably need to try one of these programs, but I am not confident that they will work.  I am not convinced that if I followed their program that I will have a new body.

But here’s one thing I do know and am fully confident of.  When the Lord returns for me (whether I am quick or dead), I will have a new body.  Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  Paul said this “corruptible will put on incorruption”  This mortal will put on immortality.  I will get a new body.  I will have a new life.  And maybe, just maybe, I will have a voice where I can sing like George Younce.  I’ll have a new body.  Praise the Lord, I’ll have a new life.

Now I Belong To Jesus

Jesus, my Lord will love me forever,
From Him no pow’r of evil can sever,
He gave His life to ransom my soul;
Now I belong to Him;

Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me,
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.

Once I was lost in sin’s degradation,
Jesus came down to bring me salvation,
Lifted me up from sorrow and shame,
Now I belong to Him;

Joy floods my soul for Jesus has saved me,
Freed me from sin that long had enslaved me
His precious blood, He came to redeem,
Now I belong to Him;

You can, once again, thank Joe Washington for the hymn this week.  It is rare that he stumps me at the His Hands Extended devotion, but today, I have to honestly say, I had never heard this song before.  As with any good hymn that I hear, I try to commit at least a small phrase to memory so that I can find the song later via Google.  This hymn was good enough to belong on “Hymn of the week.”

This song was written by Norman Clayton, a Brooklyn native and the ninth of ten children.  He was saved at age six, and music must have been one of his giftings because he began to play the church organ at the age of 12.  He played the organ in church for the rest of his life.  He also founded a gospel music publishing house called “Gospel Songs” which later became part of the Rodheaver publishing company.  I think I may have one of the “Gospel Songs” hymnals as part of my personal belongings.

In researching this hymn, I found a great story on one of my favorite hymn websites.  www.wordwisehymns.com

Lindsay Terry, in his book Stories Behind Popular Songs and Hymns (Baker Book House, 1990) recounts a moving story about one occasion when this song was used which such individuals.

Briefly, it concerns a missionary named Roy Gustatson who was invited to minister at a notorious prison in Jamaica. He sang and preached the gospel that day to a thousand men. But then, a guard asked if he’d meet with a small group of condemned prisoners who were to go to the gallows in a couple of days. The consciousness that this would be the last time these men would hear the gospel gripped him.

To these men, starkly facing a Christless eternity, Roy gave his personal testimony, and sang Norman Clayton’s song, Now I Belong to Jesus. One pitiful wretch, squatting on the floor before him, was a condemned killer. He said, “I’m going to die on Tuesday morning, sir. Can I be saved?” Adding sadly, “I can’t read.”

When Roy Gustatson read him some salvation verses from the Word of God, the man bowed his face to the dirt floor sobbing, and called on the Lord to save him. Then, smiling through his tears, he asked for Clayton’s song to be sung again and, with some help, he sang along. As the guard let the evangelist out of the prison, he looked back and saw the man, waving his arms through the bars, still singing, “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me, / Not for the years of time alone, / But for eternity.”

What an awesome story!!!! Aren’t you thankful that we serve a God that doesn’t require you to be able to read to be saved?  If so, some 5 and 6 year olds couldn’t go to Heaven.  Aren’t you glad you serve a God that doesn’t abandon you on death row?  But that He is still seeking to save that which was lost.  That He is still hiring laborers at the 11th hour.  I am thankful that Joe sang this great song this morning.  I am grateful Norman Clayton wrote this song many years ago.  And I am grateful for the missionary Roy Gustatson.  That he was willing to share the Gospel with those that might not seem to “belong” to anyone – the forgotten prisoners on death row.

Couple of comments on these Biblical lyrics:

  • No pow’r of evil can sever – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:  “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  It is hard to beat the Apostle Paul and Romans chapter 8.  Nothing can separate.  And nothing can sever……..ever!!!  Praise the Lord!!!
  • Freed me from sin that long had enslaved me – “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  It is hard to beat the Apostle Paul and Romans Chapter 6.  Slave to sin = death.  Freed from sin = eternal life – a gift from God!!!

“Go pack up your belongings.”  If you have ever heard that phrase before, it typically has negative connotations.  A landlord telling a tenant “Go pack up your belongings and get out of here.  You haven’t paid your rent.”  Someone has reached the bottom financially.  They don’t have a penny to their name. They no longer have a roof over their head.  They only have their stuff – their belongings, and they are told to get your belongings and get out.  What a harsh reality that is for some, even in modern day America.

But after hearing this song, I thought of that phrase in a different, somewhat unique, way.  I hear God the Father telling Jesus – “Son, go get your belongings – get what belongs to you.  You paid for them.  You redeemed them with your shed blood.  They are yours.  Go get your belongings, and bring them home.”

Are you waiting for that day? Anticipating the day He calls us home? Aren’t you thankful today that you belong to Him? I Corinthians 6:20 – “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

All I Need


Jesus Christ is made to me,
All I need, all I need,
He alone is all my plea,
He is all I need.
Wisdom righteousness and pow’r,
Holiness forevermore,
My redemption full and sure,
He is all I need.
Jesus is my all in all,
All I need, all I need,
While He keeps I cannot fall,
He is all I need.
He redeemed me when He died,
All I need, all I need,
I with Him was crucified,
He is all I need.
To my Savior will I cleave,
All I need, all I need,
He will not His servant leave.
He is all I need.
He’s the treasure of my soul,
All I need, all I need,
He hath cleansed and made me whole.
He is all I need.
Glory, glory to the Lamb,
All I need, all I need,
By His Spirit sealed I am,
He is all I need.

One of over 1,000 hymns written by Charles P. Jones, “All I need” can be found on page 183 of the Redback hymnal, or just #183 for you Redback aficionados.  Mr. Jones was born in Floyd County, Georgia in 1865 and died in 1949.  He was a hymnwriter, preacher, and helped to found the Church of God in Christ denomination.  Mr. Price’s other well known hymn includes #230 – Deeper, Deeper in the Love of Jesus.  I remember singing the chorus to this song – All I need, but I don’t remember when and where.  I asked my wife, and she too remembered the chorus, but neither of us could pinpoint where we learned it.  Remembering songs like this is a little present, a gift, the Lord gives me.  Even when I am not even asking for it.  I am thankful that in my past a music minister, or my mother, or Granny, or someone along the way etched these words into my mind and into my memory banks.  I hope for some of you that this email will be a gift and a reminder of a time in the past where you were able to sing with the author of this song – He is all I need.

Couple of comments on the list of things in the chorus.  These three things are unique in that they are things we ought to seek after, and they are things that God promises to give us.

  • Wisdom – Proverbs 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”  Proverbs 16:16 says “How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Aren’t you glad the Lord gives wisdom to His children that ask for it?
  • Righteousness – Zephaniah 2:3 says “Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility.”  Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Isaiah 61:10 says “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”  Aren’t you glad you can be covered by Him with the robe of righteousness if you earnestly seek Him?
  • Redemption – In looking for verses about redemption, I tried to find a scripture about redemption being “full” like the chorus of the song says.  I came across Psalm 130:7 which reads “Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”  That last phrase just stood out to me.  So here’s the word used in other translations for plenteous – “Abundant, Plentiful, Armloads, Generous, Full, and Overflowing.”  Aren’t you glad the Lord redeems abundantly?  Not partially.  Not temporarily.  But full, abundant, generous, overflowing, and plenteous is His redemption.
This is the time of year at my house where we begin to get requests for what our kids want for Christmas.  Since my family is Oklahoma, they need plenty of time to be able to shop for Christmas things and then get them in the mail.  My mom sent a request recently that we all put down on our list the following four things:
  • Something you want
  • Something you need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read
My kids are pretty good at coming up with their list of things they want for Christmas, but as I have gotten older, it has become more and more difficult to come up with a list.  My mom says it is because I already have everything, and maybe that is partially true.  Or maybe I have expensive tastes and that is why I am hard to buy for.

Nonetheless, her list made me think.  What do I want?  What do I need?  Do I need more things to wear?  What book do I need to read?

The more I ask myself these questions, the more I end up with essentially the same answer.  Jesus and His Word.  What do I want? What do I need?  Another old hymn says “More of You.  More of You.  I’ve had all, but what I need is just more of you.  Of things, I’ve had my fill.  And yet I hunger still.  Empty and bare, Lord hear my prayer for more of You.”

Something to wear – Maybe I need to put on the full armor of God.  Maybe I need to remind myself of Galatians 3:27 – “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

Something to read – I need to read the Bible more.  To study the Scriptures more.  That is what I need to do.

So today, I would encourage you to realize that in a world screaming to you to get more things…..more stuff, that you realize He is all you need.  Get more of Him, and you get wisdom, righteousness, and power.  Holiness forevermore.  Redemption full and sure.  He is all we need.


Psalm 23

The God of love my shepherd is, 
And He that doth me feed: 
While He is mine, and I am His, 
What can I want or need?

He leads me to the tender grass, 
Where I both feed and rest; 
Then to the streams that gently pass: 
In both I have the best.

Or if I stray, He doth convert 
And bring my mind in frame: 
And all this not for my dessert, 
But for His holy name.

Yea, in death’s shady black abode 
Well may I walk, not fear: 
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod 
To guide, Thy staff to bear.

Nay, thou dost make me sit and dine, 
Ev’n in my enemies sight: 
My head with oil, my cup with wine 
Runs over day and night.

Surely Thy sweet and wondrous love 
Shall measure all my days; 
And as it never shall remove, 
So neither shall my praise.
Written in the 1600’s by George Herbert, this hymn is an adaption of Psalm 23.  For centuries in the church, the psalms were sung in Hebrew, or Greek, or Latin.  However, as part of the Reformation, Christians began to write hymns in their own words and in their own languages. The goal was not to supersede Scripture, or to reinterpret the Bible.  But the goal was to build a hymn with rhyming verses that could be easily memorized, put to music and sung by a congregation in worship.  This practice was common in early hymnody.   For example, Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God” is an adaption of Psalm 46. It was originally titled “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” in Luther’s native German.  (And I thought that meant “really good hamburger”).
This particular song was a hymn adaptation by George Herbert – a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest.  Herbert was, at one time, in the running to be an Ambassador or Secretary of State by King James 1 (Yes, of King James Version Bible fame).  George Herbert died at the age of 39 from tuberculosis.
What I like about these kinds of hymns is that they can take a very familiar passage in the Bible, modify them, and still preserve both the original theme of the text, and yet cause us to think a little deeper as well.  I personally think this hymn does just that in a beautiful way. I also like the “King James” English that it is written in.
Couple of comments on the lyrics:
“He that doth me feed” – This phrase made me think about how a shepherd feeds his sheep.  Sometimes, a lamb may have trouble nursing.  Does the shepherd abandon the lamb and leave it on it’s own?  No, he has to come up with a better solution.  Maybe even bottle feeding.  But after a lamb has grown and no longer needs milk, does the shepherd bottle feed or hand feed them any longer?  No, the shepherd provides grass or takes the sheep to a pasture where they can feed and get stronger.  So, how does the Good Shepherd feed you?  At one point in your Christian walk, He gave you the milk.  But as you have matured in your faith and grown stronger, He still feeds you, but now He feeds you the meat of the Word.  Aren’t you glad the Shepherd doth still feed?
“And all this not for my dessert” – How do you define dessert?  Something sweet.  Something pleasurable you eat at the end of the meal.  Banana pudding.  Chocolate cake.  Mint Chocolate ice cream.  Anybody getting hungry?  How many times have your told your kids or grandkids, “You can’t have dessert until you eat your dinner.”  This phrase reminds me that not everything the Lord puts into my life is for my pleasure – for my dessert.  I am not on this earth just to satisfy my cravings.  Often times, He puts in our life “veggies.”  Things that are necessary for our development.  Things that will make us grow stronger in our faith.  It would be neglectful to give a child only dessert for 3 meals a day for their entire life.  God desires for us to eat the meat of the Word, not just dessert, and that is what He gives us sometimes.
In the 1600’s, the disease tuberculosis had a different name.  It was commonly known as “consumption.”  In looking at George Herbert’s biography online, one particular author said he died of “consumption.”  I really thought that was an odd name for a disease.  It was called consumption because the effects of tuberculosis were severe weight loss, and the infection seemed to consume the patient.
I wondered to myself.  Won’t all of us die of consumption one day?  No, I am not talking about dying from tuberculosis.  No, I am not talking about consuming too many desserts.  That might contribute to it, but I have never heard of someone dying from too much Moose Tracks ice cream.  But won’t we all be consumed either by sin that leads to death, or consumed by the love and forgiveness of God?
Paul writes about the enemies of the Cross in Phillipians 3 and here’s what he says about them “….Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”  These individuals will be “consumed” one day.  In Matthew 3, Jesus talks about chaff being burnt up with an unquenchable fire.
But those in Christ do not have that same fate.  2 Corinthians 5 says that our “mortality may be swallowed up by life.”  Old things pass away – will be consumed.  Behold all things will be made new.
I am thankful for the Good Shepherd.  For He leads.  Guides.  Directs. Feeds.  Restores. Anoints. and Blesses.  I also recognize that we serve an all-consuming God – “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deut 4:24).  He desires our worship, our lives, and our all.

What A Gathering

On that bright and golden morning, when the Son of Man shall come,
And the radiance of His glory we shall see,
When from ev’ry clime and nation He shall call His people home,
What a gath’ring of the ransomed that will be!
What a gath’ring, what a gath’ring,
What a gath’ring of the ransomed in the summer land of love!
What a gath’ring, what a gath’ring,
Of the ransomed in that happy home above!
When the blest, who sleep in Jesus, at His bidding shall arise
From the silence of the grave, and from the sea,
And with bodies all celestial they shall meet Him in the skies,
What a gath’ring and rejoicing there will be! 
When our eyes behold the city, with its many mansions bright,
And its river, calm and restful, flowing free,
When the friends that death hath parted shall in bliss again unite,
What a gath’ring and a greeting there will be! 
O the King is surely coming, and the time is drawing nigh
When the blessed day of promise we shall see;
Then the changing “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
And forever in His presence we shall be. 
You are probably wondering why I underlined the words “see” and “eye” in this hymn.  Well, the reason I did this is because of who the author was.  The great American hymn writer, Fanny Crosby.  As most of you know, Fanny Crosby was born with normal eyes, but a botched medical procedure at birth rendered her blind for the rest of her life.  However, she did not allow blindness to be a handicap in our life.  No, she accomplished great things in her life, including the writing of some of my favorite hymns.
I also find it interesting that this lady, who never saw a beautiful sunrise, could paint a beautiful word picture of a bright, radiant, glorious morning.  This lady, who never saw the beauty of a river, could paint a mental picture with words of that river of God, calm and restful, flowing free.  She was able to paint pictures with words of things she had never seen.  What an amazing gift God gave her!
This great song reminds us that there will one day be a great gathering of the saints.  Young and old.  Sick and whole.  Blind and deaf.  Slave and free  Jew and Gentile.  Oh, what a gathering that will be!!!!
Couple of comments on the lyrics:
  • From every clime and nation – As many of you know, I love when there are words in old hymns that I don’t know.  Words that make me go to the dictionary.  Clime is one of those words.  Clime is essentially a climate.  From every climate and nation.  Every place on the earth.  Hot, cold.  Wet, dry.  Humid.  Arid.  Desert.  Island.  Mountain.  Valley.  God will bring His children from every clime and every nation.  Every part of the earth will be represented in heaven.  You think the Olympics opening ceremony is cool with athletes from around the world?  Wait until you see God’s procession of saints from every clime and nation.  Oh what a sight that will be!!
  • Friends that death hath parted shall in bliss unite again – Think about this.  Every family member, that was a Christian, you will have the opportunity to see again.  No regrets.  No “I wish I could’ve” done this or said that.  Grandparents, parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children. Friends.  Loved ones.  We will blissfully reunite with tears – tears of joy.  We have already cried our tears of sorrow.  At that great gathering, we will shed blissful tears.  I think we will also reunite with people we didn’t know had become Christians.  People that confessed their sin at the 11th hour, and made things right with God and we never even knew about it.  What a wonderful blissful surprise that will be!!!
On SW 59th Street in Oklahoma City, there is a Whataburger restaurant.  I confirmed online that it still exists.  It has been there since I was a kid in the 1970’s and probably even before that.  What is funny is that I don’t ever recall eating a Whataburger.  Roy Rogers – Yes.  Braums’ hamburger – Yes.  Del Rancho – Yes.  Hardees, McDonalds, Burger King – yes, yes, yes.  But I don’t recall ever eating a “Whataburger.”  I have determined that it must not have been that good.  It must not have been a real “what a burger” for my Dad to never have taken me there.
This song remind me of several “what-a” hymns.  “What a friend we have in Jesus.”  “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms.”  “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see.”  “What a lovely name the name of Jesus.”  And I could go on.
But the reality is there is one “What-a” song that makes all these other songs possible.  It is “Hallelujah, What a Savior!!  You see without a Savior, we don’t have access to Heaven.  Without a Savior, we don’t have Jesus as our friend.  Without a Savior, we don’t have a glorious day to look forward to.  But I am thankful for a Savior today – O What a Savior!!!!
I pray today that you will pause and praise that Savior today for friendship, fellowship, for a gathering place in Heaven one day, and for His redemption – Hallelujah What a Savior!!!!