Oscar Ahnfelt supplies an example of putting the words of this hymn to work:
At one time, King Karl XV, King of Sweden, was petitioned to make Ahnfelt quit singing and preaching. The King called Oscar to come and sing for him. Not knowing what to do, he asked Lina Sandell to compose a song for him to sing, which she did. Oscar Ahnfelt then appeared before the king and sang:
Who is it that knocketh upon your heart’s door in peaceful eve?
Who is it that brings to the wounded and sore the balm that can heal and relieve?
Your heart is still restless, it findeth no peace in earth’s pleasures;
Your soul is still yearning, it seeketh release to rise to the heavenly treasures.
After hearing this, the King grasped Ahnfelt by the hand and said, “You may sing as much as you desire in both my kingdoms.”
Oscar Ahnfelt had put "Day by Day" to work:
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly is part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
William J. Reynolds Companion to Baptist Hymnal. (Nashville, TN; Broadman Press, 1976)