Living He Loved Me


John Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918)

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Do you ever wonder about the background of the songs you hear on the radio? Sometimes I do, but especially when they just seem to reverberate in my soul. This was one of them, so I had to do some research to find the info, but it is amazing what God has done with a hymn that was written by a pastor who has been dead for almost 100 years! Praise God!

“While the music was written by the band, the lyrics come from the hymn “One Day”, written in 1910 by John Wilbur Chapman. The single has been successful on Christian radio, reaching the top spot on the Hot Christian Songs (for a total of nine non-consecutive weeks). John Wilbur Chapman (June 17, 1859 – December 25, 1918) was a Presbyterian evangelist in the late 19th Century, generally traveling with gospel singer Charles Alexander. Chapman grew up attending Quaker Day School and Methodist Sunday School. At age 17, he made a public declaration of his Christian faith and joined the Richmond Presbyterian Church. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College and his seminary degree from Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his ordination into the ministry 13 April 1881. Chapman took on several pastorates before shifting to the evangelistic circuit. He began preaching with the legendary D. L. Moody in 1893, as well as leading many evangelistic events of his own. Among Chapman’s disciples on the evangelistic circuit was Billy Sunday. Chapman wrote 3 hymns, including “One Day” and published 19 works, including “The Life and Work of D.L. Moody” (1900), “Chapman’s Pocket Sermons” (1911) and “Revival Sermons” (1911).”

One Day/Glorious Day

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
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

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
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

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 He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

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5 thoughts on “Living He Loved Me

  1. This is an incredible song! I sing it all the time in my car when it comes on the radio! Thanks for sharing the history of the song! I had assumed someone from Casting Crowns had written it… 🙂

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