Posted by: rcottrill | August 5, 2013

Some Golden Daybreak

Words: C. A. Blackmore (?)
Music: Carl Blackmore (b. _____, 1904; d. _____, 1965)

Wordwise Hymns
The Cyber Hymnal (none)

Note: The story of how this song came to be written is told on the Wordwise Hymns link. The chorus came first, with words and music written by son Carl. Then, feeling the song was incomplete, he asked his father to add some stanzas. The full song was published in 1934. Some hymns simply attribute the entire song to young Carl Blackmore, but by his own testimony we know of his father’s contribution.

Details about these two men have been difficult to come by. (If you can help with added information, please pass it on to me.) I suspect that the elder Blackmore’s first name is also Carl, but I don’t know. There is a C. A. Blackmore who served as administrator of a rescue mission in Erie, Pennsylvia, from 1918 to 1950. That fits the likely time frame for the hymn writer, so it could well be him.

The song was inspired by C. A. Blackmore’s 1934 radio message on the rapture of the church, and what it will be like to be caught up into Christ’s presence (I Thess. 4:13-18). The sermon rejoiced in what that momentous event will be like. It will be the dawning of a new day, an eternal day. No wonder daybreak and new light is so closely associated with Christ and His return.

Even at His first coming Zacharias was able to exclaim, “The Dayspring from on high has visited us” (Lk. 1:78), and the Lord Jesus announced, “I am the Light of the world” (Jn. 8:12). To the Apostle John, who saw Him in heavenly glory, Christ declared, “I am…the Bright and Morning Star” (Rev. 22:16). And when He comes again “the Sun of Righteousness shall arise” (Mal. 4:2).

Blackmore draws on a number of Scriptures to remind us of the dramatic changes and new blessings that await.

Stanza 1. “Sorrow will cease” (Rev. 21:4). And “all will be peace” because those things that bring conflict and distress will be gone forever from our presence. Satan and sinful human beings will be banished (Rev. 21:10; 21:27). Heartaches will all be ended; “there shall be no more crying,” and “God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes (Rev. 21:4).

The saints will “rest from their labours” (Rev. 14:13). That does not mean there will be nothing to do in heaven. There “His servants shall serve Him” (Rev. 22:3), but the frustration and tediousness of earthly toil brought on by the curse (Gen. 3:17-19) will cease.

Refrain. The Bible tells us “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout” (I Thess. 4:16). Whatever else is intended or implied by that, it will surely be a shout of victory over “battles all won.”

1) Some glorious morning sorrow will cease,
Some glorious morning all will be peace;
Heartaches all ended, labour all done,
Heaven will open, Jesus will come.

Some golden daybreak Jesus will come;
Some golden daybreak, battles all won,
He’ll shout the vict’ry, break through the blue,
Some golden daybreak, for me, for you.

Stanzas 2 and 3 add more details to the theme. In stanza 2 we’re reminded that “all shall be bright, and “earth’s dark night” will end forever. This is, of course, eminently true in the moral sense. But it also describes a significant characteristic of the heavenly city: it will be a city of glorious light, because the One who said, “I am the Light of the world” will fill heaven with His light (Rev. 21:23).

C. A. Blackmore also says we’ll be “changed in a moment, like Him to be.” That combines truths expressed in several Scriptures. At the rapture of the church, “We shall be changed–in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (I Cor. 15:51-51). And “when He [Christ] is revealed, we shall be like Him” (I Jn. 3:2), clothed in undying resurrection bodies (Phil. 3:20-21).

Stanza 3 focuses on the glad reunion we’ll have with saved loved ones who have gone on before us. “The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [raptured] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (I Thess. 4:16-17). In Blackmore’s words, “Oh, what a meeting, there in the skies!”

1) Other than meeting the Lord Jesus, who are you most looking forward to meeting in that day?

2) Do you have any further information you can share with me about C. A. Blackmore and his son Carl?



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