Scripture Verse

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2–4

Introduction

Words & Music: A. F. Bar­nard, in Truth in Song, ed­it­ed by Bar­ney E. War­ren, An­drew L. By­ers, Clar­ence E. Hunt­er & Dan­i­el O. Teas­ley (An­der­son, In­di­a­na: Gos­pel Trum­pet, 1907), num­ber 146 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Do you for the vict’ry long,
When you’re passing thro’ the fire?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.
And to lead you into wrong
All the hosts of hell conspire?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.

Refrain

Count it all joy, count it all joy
Whatever befalls you,
Count it all joy.

Are your trials coming fast,
Your afflictions great and sore?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.
Does it seem that hope is past
As upon you troubles pour?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.

Refrain

Would you magnify the Lord,
When your sky is overcast?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.
Trusting in His precious Word
Till the darkness all is past?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.

Refrain

Would you reign with Him on high
When your toils on earth are done?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.
Where you’ll never faint or sigh,
For the battle’s fought and won?
Count it all joy, yes, count it all joy.

Refrain