Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. PS 42:11
Serve the LORD your God joyfully and with gladness of heart for the abundance of everything. Deut 28:47
“The Joy of the Lord is my strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 1 Chro 16:27
I know, O my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in uprightness. With a sincere heart I have willingly given all these things, and now with joy I have seen your people here present also giving to you generous. 1 Chro 29:17
Acknowledge the Lord, for he is good, and bless the King of the ages,so that his tent may be rebuilt in you in joy. May he cheer all those within you who are captives,and love all those within you who are distressed,to all generations forever. Tob 13:10
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,and your lips with shouts of joy Job 8:21
You have turned my mourning into dancing;you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. Ps 30:11
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.Ps 32:11
Look to God that you may be radiant with joy and your faces may not blush for shame Ps 34:6
James 1:2: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
John 15:10-11 “If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, ‘that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full’.”
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Poem Written By Henry Van Dyke 1907
Sung to the tune of “Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony, Symphony No. 9
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, God of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise:
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flowering meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, –
All who live in love are Thine:
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the Joy Divine.
Mortals join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father-love is reigning o’er us,
Brother-love binds man to man.
Ever singing march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life.