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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee


In June, 2010, I began a series of posts called Hymns of My Youth, in which I selected hymns from the hymnal of my childhood denomination. The purpose of the series was to turn minds toward worship in preparation for the Lord’s Day, while recalling one of the most enduring parts of my early Christian education—orthodox hymnody. That series turned to three, as I worked through two alternate hymnals used in those churches. Last week, I posted the last of those. imgThis week, I will turn to another hymnal, not one I was raised with, but one I discovered later: The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration, the best modern hymnal I have seen (not that I’ve examined a great many), unfortunately out of print.

In the Hymns of My Youth series, I covered the three hymnals, selecting only the doctrinally-sound hymns and gospel songs I had known from the designated time, avoiding repetition, passing over many I knew, but did not remember singing then. In this series, I will observe no limit but orthodoxy and my own preferences. And with that, we begin.

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. —Psalm 139:14

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the 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, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring 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 happy 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 leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).



Posted 2014·01·18 by David Kjos
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