Heavenly Sunlight

“Heavenly Sunlight” is a bright, brief song that brings our thoughts to the wonderful reality of the Lord’s faithful presence — which is light for us in all times, places and circumstances. Please give it a sing-along listen, then let’s look closer at this song and see how its ideas help us live — and bask — in His light.

“♫♪ Walking in sunlight all of my journey ♫♪”

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. [1 John 1:5]

LIght and gladness go together like good partners and friends. As sunlight brightens our days, warms our places and illuminates our path, much more God’s light does that for our very lives, now and forever.

This song is both a declaration of a wonderful truth, and a delightful boost to our attitude and outlook on life. God is with us. He promises time and again in Scripture, and proves it time and again through life, that He never forsakes us.

He floods our souls with glory divine. Be glad!

“♫♪ Shadows around me, shadows above me ♫♪”

Shadows require two things to exist — light, and something to block the light. As we walk in this life, the Lord helps us get better and better at dealing with shadows that try to trick us into thinking God has gone away or is hiding. Problems and trials are opportunities for God to show us more about His light, His power and His great care for us. The lessons can seem hard when we are in the middle of them. He has said, “the Lord disciplines ones He loves”. But, as the Psalmist said, “joy comes in the morning.”

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
[Psalm 30:4,5]

What the enemy tries to use to take us out, God can use to demonstrate His goodness. Through these experiences we grow in our ability to trust the Lord in greater ways.

God is faithful. His light guides us even when shadows are around and above us.

“♫♪ Singing His praises, gladly I’m walking ♫♪”

God is certainly worthy of our praise, but He does not need it so He can “get through His day”. The reality is we need to praise God to get through our days. Praise helps us keep God in the appropriate place in our sight and hearts and minds. Praise enables us to walk in sunlight with gladness, and fuels the flames for us be lights in the world. Praise keeps us “ever … walking close to His side”. Let this song of praise bubble in you today as you walk in His heavenly sunlight.

God bless you lots!
-Dale R.

LYRICS – Heavenly Sunlight
Text: Henry J. Zelley (1899)
Tune: George Harrison Cook (1899)

1. Walking in sunlight, all of my journey,
Over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Our God has said, “I’ll never forsake thee,”
Promise divine that never can fail.

Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
Flooding my soul with glory divine:
Hallelujah, I am rejoicing,
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine.

2. Shadows around me, shadows above me,
Never conceal my Father and Guide;
He is the light, in Him is no darkness;
Ever I’m walking close to His side.

3. In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing,
Pressing my way to mansions above;
Singing His praises gladly I’m walking,
Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love.

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5 Replies to “Heavenly Sunlight”

  1. Julia Witchard

    Good evening Mr dale, Such a well written sermon and song, that go hands in hands, “JUST LIKE THE FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,” NOW THAT IS DEVINE GRACE AND MERCY….. HEAVENLY SUNLIGHT, OUR FATHER JESUS IS THE HEAVENLY SON WHO CAME TO LIGHT UP THIS WORLD, Yes Mr dale, this world has become a dark place, And all we can see is shadows of darkness … Your sermons and songs inspires me to see, how amazing OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GOD IS, AND JUST THINKING ABOUT HIM AND HOW AWESOME AND AMAZING HE TRULY IS GIVES US REASON TO PRAISE HIM, ALL THE TIME..And Mr dale walking in HIS HEAVENLY SUNLIGHT, DOES GIVE US A REASON TO PRAISE HIM ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES,…… Now Mr dale I can read your sermon s and hear your songs and write a complete book, your sermons and songs says a lot about. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, AND ALL HIS RADIANT BLESSINGS AND GLORY THAT HE HAS BESTOWED UPON US ALL”HEAVENLY SON LIGHT, WHO CAME TO LIGHT THIS DARK SHADOWED WORLD,….
    Heavenly blessings goes out to u both, with lots of 💕 and blessings…

  2. Michael T Johnson

    As I piloted our rented watercraft on the Sabastian River last Sunday during a family Mothers Day outing, we approached large mansions on large choice lots during our journey. I thought to myself, “Jesus is preparing many mansions for us in heaven” as stated here inverse 3: also written in John 14:2.
    These homes were exquisite to look upon with many different angles and beautiful panoramic vistas right on the water of the local landscape. I said to my self, “this world is not my home I am just passing through.” This song brought last Sundays reflections back to mind as we seem to be getting through some recent temporary shadows. This song put a smile on my face.
    Thanks Dale for posting this recording. Very timely. Ya never know when the Lord’s still small voice is gonna show up if one is listening to “flooding MY SOUL with glory Devine.” AMEN

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Michael, Thanks much for your note. I love your example of deliberate thankfulness. Good skill for adding days to life and joy to days. God bless you lots! — Dale R.

  3. Heather Machia

    What a lovely, lilting and uplifting reminder of God’s presence in our every moment. He is the sunshine in our lives. Just love it! Thank you!

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Heather, thanks for your note. I agree … this is a bright, light song. Like a sunshine snack. Thanks for your kind words. God bless you lots — Dale R.


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