Christ My Song - 2096
Always in the Lord rejoice - Joy in the Lord
(John S. B. Monsell/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Joy in the Lord.
Fourth Sunday in Advent.
"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice."
2. Up to heaven where he doth live,
thro' the world which he doth give,
raise thy heart and lift thy voice,
'And again I say, Rejoice!'
3. Gently all thy trials take,
they are thine for Jesus' sake;
meekly 'mid thy mercies move,
they are thine thro' Jesus' love.
4. All thou hast and all thou art
own as his with thankful heart,
use as his with heedful care,
for his coming to prepare.
5. 'Let your moderation be
known to all men.' They shall see
what God's grace can make of those
who upon his truth repose.
6. Live above, tho' living in,
this polluting world of sin,
whether change or chance befall,
using, not 'abusing', all.
7. Live in faith and live in prayer,
in his presence everywhere;
live as angels, tho' on earth,
children of the second birth.
8. Live as those who on his eye
hang with love, and walk thereby;
'in the lot' preparèd stand,
for the Lord is nigh at hand!
John S. B. Monsell, 'Spiritual Songs', 1864, 7-8.