O Happy Day
Philip Doddridge 1702-1751
This song has been popularized over the years in several different arrangements. The writer would probably not recognize it!
Philip Doddridge was an orphan at the age of thirteen and later became a Congregational minister. He wrote many hymns but most were never published. This hymn was published four years after his death. The chorus we know was not part of the original hymn but added by an anonymous author over a hundred years later.
We find not only happiness but joy in knowing that Jesus blood washed our sins away!!!
- 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.
- It’s 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.
- Now rest, my long-divided heart, Fixed on this blissful center, rest; Here have I found a nobler part; Here heav’nly pleasures fill my breast.
- High heav’n, 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.