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“Day by Day”
by Lina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)
It is a common tendency for people to look ahead.  They wonder, what will happen next?  That’s why the pseudo science of astrology is booming today as never before.  Because we are apprehensive of the future, wondering when some health problem or perhaps a financial difficulty will surprise us, we long to have some foreknowledge of what is to come.
“Day by Day” was written by a young Swedish woman who learned early in life the all-important lesson of living each day with the conscience presence and strength of the Lord.  Lina Sandell has often been called the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden” for her many contributions to gospel hymnody.  From her pen flowed approximately 650 hymns which strongly influenced the waves of revival that swept through Scandinavian countries during the latter half of the 19th century.
At the age of 26 Lina had an experience that greatly influenced her life.  She was accompanying her father aboard ship to the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, across Lake Vattern.  The ship gave a sudden lurch and Lina’s father, a devout minister of the Gospel, fell overboard and drowned right before the eyes of Lina.  Although she had written many hymn texts prior to this tragic experience, now more than ever poetic thoughts that expressed a tender, child-like trust in her Lord began to flow freely from her broken heart.
Practice the kind of deep and peaceful trust that Lina Sandell has expressed in this hymn.  Focus only on the challenges and difficulties of today and trust the Lord for tomorrow.  Sing this message as you go…