Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good

Music HighwayI remember, many years ago, going into a music store called, Music Box, located on Colony Street in downtown Meriden, CT and purchasing a cheap mandolin. I strongly desired to learn and play it at that time. I even bought a mandolin course book to practice it.

But I never did learn it. My brother would often see it in my room and ask me when I was going to be playing it. Well, who knows, perhaps one day, God-willing, I will make the time and pick
it up again.

Why do I like this instrument? Because, to me,
out of all musical instruments, the mandolin (the
accordion being close behind) has the sweetest and
happiest of sounds. Every time I hear a mandolin
being played by a good musician, it lifts my soul.

Yet, it seems strange, an odd combination, to hear
melancholy lyrics being sung and accompanied
by the mandolin. The two just don’t seem to
belong together.

So it is with a Christian who walks around a
little downcast and hoping, just hoping, for
a good day from God. It just does not seem
right.

The book I purchased when I first dreamed of playing the mandolin.

There are some well-meaning Christians, however, who pounce on these Christians who admit to feeling gloomy, sad and blue. They quickly give them platitudes on how a Christian should never feel down and out. It is very easy to tell our brothers and sisters in Christ that if they have both God’s Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ within them happiness should always be in their hearts; no sorrows should ever overtake them; no shedding of tears should stream down their faces.

But did not Jesus shed tears when He saw people grieving over Lazurus after he had been dead and buried four days? Did Jesus at that moment become a weak, faithless person for allowing the grief of those at Lazarus’ burial site to overwhelm Him? Surely, you should expect the Giver of Life to never lament over the loss of life.

Yet, He did grieve (John 11:35).

And did not Jesus, the Son of God, cry out on the cross,
“Lord, why hast thou forsaken me?” Was Jesus losing
His faith in God at that moment?

At His last supper, why did Jesus mention the Holy Spirit as the Comforter He would send to His disciples after He [Jesus] ascended into heaven (John 14:15-18 NKJV)? Answer: Because He knew we Christians would need comfort and strength often and from time to time.

Because of this Comforter, we are encouraged through reading the Bible and from hearing from the pulpit reminders of God’s loving concern. God wants us to sing praises to Him especially when we are feeling down. Why? Because we all are still human. We Christians will still continually battle with our human nature and with our human emotions.

The YouTube song below is about a Christian hoping in prayer for God to give him a good day. At first, this seemed rather odd to me. But I now have to admit, these words are what we Christians will at certain times in our lives need to pray.

I am thankful God has given me days, months and years to read, listen and internalize the words of encouragement my Christian brothers and sisters brought me – just as a mandolin does – when I’m feeling blue.

 

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Single

Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good  (1981)
lyrics – Dave Hanner
music – Dave Hanner
sung by – Don Williams
genre – Country
side B – Smooth Talkin’ Baby
album – Especially For You

Lord, I hope this day is good
I’m feelin’ empty and misunderstood
I should be thankful Lord, I know I should
But Lord, I hope this day is good

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Album

Lord, have you forgotten me?
I’ve been prayin’ to you faithfully
I’m not sayin’ I’m a righteous man
But Lord, I hope you understand

I don’t need fortune and I don’t need fame
Send down the thunder Lord, send down the rain
But when you’re planning just how it will be
Plan a good day for me

Lord, I hope this day is good
I’m feelin’ empty and misunderstood
I should be thankful Lord, I know I should
But Lord, I hope this day is good

You’ve been the King since the dawn of time
All that I’m asking is a little less crying
It might be hard for the devil to do
But it would be easy for you

Lord, I hope this day is good
I’m feelin’ empty and misunderstood
I should be thankful Lord, I know I should
But Lord, I hope this day is good

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As sung by Krissa Somero (Album: A Living Prayer):

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