Glorious Day – The Meaning Behind the Song

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[Verse 1]

I was buried beneath my shame

Who could carry that kind of weight


Passion describes their state of brokenness using imagery from Matthew 11:28-30 and Acts 15:7-11.  Lawbreaking is a yoke, a heavy burden that destroys us.
It was my tomb


The Scriptures describe the unrepentant lifestyle of sin as death, according to Proverbs 21:16, Luke 15:11-24, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, and 1 Timothy 5:6.  Those who continue in it will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19–21, Ephesians 5:5, and Hebrews 12:14).

Till I met You


The subject of “You” is explicitly contextualized as Jesus in Verse 3, line 4.  Passion acknowledges that their state of damnation begun to crack upon meeting Christ. We will explore this further in Verse 3.

[Verse 2]

I was breathing but not alive


More language describing the state of spiritual death.  This particular line has a zombie ring to it; animated, but still dead.

All my failures I tried to hide
 

Furthering their description of this darkened state, Passion adds the pattern of deceit, hiding sins from other people and attempting to hide them from God (see 2 Kings 17:9, Job 24:14-16, Proverbs 7:6-23, Proverbs 28:13, Isaiah 29:15, Ezekiel 8:12, John 3:20, and Ephesians 5:6-13).

It was my tomb
 
Till I met You

Repeats Verse 1, lines 3 and 4.


[Chorus]


You called my name

And I ran out of that grave

This has a double meaning.  In a literal sense, the Word of God is so powerful, it raises people from the dead physically (see 1 Kings 17:17–24, Matthew 27:51-53, Mark 5:35–43, Luke 7:11–17, John 11:1–44, Acts 9:36–41, and Acts 20:7–12). In the figurative spiritual sense, God interjects our state of spiritual death by speaking life into us through Jesus.  Christ calls us to abandon our past and follow Him (see Matthew 10:38, Mark 8:34, John 8:12, John 8:31-32, and John 12:26).  He will give us rest from our burdens, weariness, and failures (Matthew 11:28-30).

Out of the darkness


The light that is Jesus drives out the darkness, enabling us to follow Him (see Psalm 107:10-16, Luke 1:79 (read in context; “child” refers to Jesus), John 1:1-13, John 12:46, Ephesians 5:8, Colossians 1:13, and 1 Peter 2:9).

Into Your glorious day


Passion references Revelation 21:1-4, where there will be no more tears or suffering for His spiritually adopted children.

You called my name

And I ran out of that grave Out of the darkness Into Your glorious day

Repeats lines 1-4.

[Verse 3]
 

Now Your mercy has saved my soul
 

That is, grace or unmerited favor.  It is the grace of God that ultimately saves us from spiritual death (see Genesis 15:6, Exodus 33:19, Psalm 32:1-2, Romans 3:21-24, Romans 4:3-8, Romans 5:1-2, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 5:15-21, Romans 6:14, Romans 8:1-4, Romans 9:14-16, Romans 11:5-6, Galatians 2:21, Galatians 3:6, Galatians 5:4, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:4-9, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, Titus 2:11, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, and James 2:23).

Now Your freedom is all I know
  The chains of our enslavement to sin broken, we are now free to worship and follow Jesus (see Psalm 119:45, Isaiah 58:6, Isaiah 61:1, John 3:16-21, John 8:31-36, John 10:10, Acts 13:38-39, Romans 6:1-23, Romans 8:1-4, Romans 8:20-21, 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Corinthians 7:21-23, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 2:4, Galatians 3:13, Galatians 3:22, Galatians 5:1, Galatians 5:13, Colossians 1:21-23, Hebrews 2:14-15, and 1 Peter 2:16).

The old made new
 

That is, the old, dead, and worthless self transformed into the new, alive, valued self (see Ezekiel 11:19, Romans 6:6, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Corinthians 4:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:14-16, Colossians 3:10, and Ephesians 4:24).

Jesus, when I met You
A derivative of Verse 1, line 4.

[Bridge]
 

I needed rescue
 

My sin was heavy


See commentary on Verse 1, lines 1 and 2.

But chains break at the weight of Your glory


That is, the chain of enslavement to sin, as described in John 8:34, Romans 6:6, Romans 6:20-22, and 1 Corinthians 6:12.  Christ breaks our bondage to sin and shame, as described in my commentary within the Chorus.

I needed shelter


God is the refuge, shield, and defense by which we may find spiritual protection (see Psalm 18:1-3, Psalm 27:1-5, Psalm 31:19-24, Psalm 46:1-3, Psalm 71:1-6, Psalm 91:1-4, Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 18:10, and Isaiah 25:1-5).

I was an orphan
 

But You call me a citizen of heaven


Describes our spiritual migration from stray, fatherless children to God’s adopted sons and daughters (see John 1:12-13, John 14:18, Romans 8:14-17, Romans 8:23, Romans 9:1-8, Galatians 3:26, Galatians 4:5-7, Ephesians 1:3-14, Ephesians 2:11-22, Hebrews 9:15, and 1 John 3:1-3).

When I was broken
 
You were my healing


This imagery, as succinctly described in Psalm 147:3, is that of treated wounds, bound up and given time to mend and heal.

Your love is the air that I’m breathing


Though not explicitly stated in Scripture, this figurative line describes a changed heart, breathing in love like it’s oxygen.  It permeates the very core of Passion’s being, dependent on God for nourishment, eloquently captured in John 15:1-17.

I have a future


There is a contrast in Jeremiah 29:1-23 concerning Israelites in exile and those not in exile who declared “God has raised up prophets in Babylon” (Jeremiah 29:15).  There is a future and hope for the Israelies in exile because they repented.  Those not in exile will receive terrible curses for their disobedience.  We too have a future with God, because of what Christ did for us (see Matthew 25:46, Luke 23:43, John 3:16, John 5:24, John 11:25-26, John 14:1-6, Romans 6:23, Romans 14:8, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation 20:1-6, Revelation 21:1-27, and Revelation 22:1-5).

My eyes are open


That is, our spiritual eyes (see 2 Kings 6:17, Luke 24:31, John 3:3, John 9:39, Acts 26:12-18, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, and Ephesians 1:18).

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