The hymn “There Shall be Showers of Blessing” shows the kind of joy that comes from giving oneself fully and freely to service in the Lord. As a small child, we were taught in Sunday School that the true meaning of joy is contained in its spelling:
This is the proper order of how God commands
It flows down from the Head (Jesus our eternal great high priest) onto the robes of His righteousness, covering the whole body (Christ’s worshipers in spirit and in truth) standing in agreement as One in Him (the Eternal Word of God).
Christ’s Dying blessing, even Life Everlasting.
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your
God, which I command you this day:
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
There shall be showers of blessing, Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys, Sound of abundance of rain.
There shall be showers of blessing; Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing, Come, and now honor Thy Word.
There shall be showers of blessing: Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!
There shall be showers of blessing, If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.
There Shall Be Showers of Blessing -Daniel W. Whittle, 1883*
Luke 24:44-53 GOD’S WORD Translation
Then he said to them,
“These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you.
I told you that everything written about me in Moses’ Teachings,
the Prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
He said to them, “Scripture says that the Messiah would suffer and that he would come back to life on the third day.
Scripture also says that by the authority of Jesus people must be told to turn to God and change the way they think and act so that their sins will be forgiven. This must be told to people from all nations, beginning in the city of Jerusalem.
You are witnesses to these things.
“I’m sending you what my Father promised. Wait here in the city until you receive power from heaven.”
Then Jesus took them to a place near Bethany. There he raised his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken to heaven.
The disciples worshiped him and were overjoyed as they went back to Jerusalem. They were always in the temple, where they praised God.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having pre-destinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.”
Malachi 3:8-10 The Message
“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day.
“You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’
“The tithe and the offering—that’s how! And now you’re under a curse —the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers.”
The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
Revelation 5:11-14 The Message
I looked again.
I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, the Animals, and the Elders—ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song:
The slain Lamb is worthy!
Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength!
Take the honor, the glory, the blessing!
Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing:
To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.
The Four Animals called out, “Oh, Yes!”
The Elders fell to their knees and worshiped.
*History of the hymn, “There Shall be Showers of Blessing” —
Daniel W. Whittle wrote the words to “There Shall be Showers of Blessing.” The hymn appeared first in Gospel Hymns, No. 4. Named after the famous Daniel Webster, the American politician and famous for the dictionary, Daniel Webster Whittle made an impact on American society on his own. He lost his right arm during the American Civil war and spent time in a prisoner of war camp. It was here that he found a New Testament to read and came to know Christ personally. But he didn’t accept Christ until after someone at the hospital had asked him to say a prayer over a dying prisoner. Afterward, he worked in Chicago at the Elgin Watch Company. It was in Chicago that he met and worked with Phillip Bliss and James McGranahan—both musical evangelists who worked with Dwight L. Moody.
James McGranahan wrote the melody to “There Shall be Showers of Blessing.” McGranahan had been gifted with a lovely and rare tenor voice that promised to lift him into a great career in opera. He had become a Christian several years earlier and was very good friends with Phillip Bliss, who at the time was singing as part of the Daniel Webster Whittle musical evangelists team. During the Christmas season in 1876, Phillip had written to James before he boarded a train. In his letter, Phillip had urged James to reconsider using his voice for the Lord rather than to continue training for the opera and pursuing that career. Phillip’s own experiences in music had been similar to McGranahan’s, and they were very close friends. Phillip had explained in the letter what a joy it was to see people come to know the Lord while he was singing. He wanted his friend to know that kind of joy. Not long after James received the letter, he also received news that his friend had died in a train wreck. When he went to the train wreck to help recover any belongings and identify bodies, he met Daniel W. Whittle. On the ride home from that tragic scene, James McGranahan gave talents to the Lord and began to serve as a singing evangelist with “Major Whittle’s” evangelism team.