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


Words & Mu­sic: Will­iam E. Marks, in Liv­ing Praise No. 2, ed­it­ed by Charles H. Ga­bri­el & Will­iam W. Dowl­ing (St. Lou­is, Mis­so­uri: Chris­tian Pub­lish­ing, 1906) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William E. Marks (1872–1954)


Count it all joy to bear the cross of Je­sus!
Just a lit­tle bur­den for the Mas­ter’s sake;
Soon there will be ex­ceed­ing weight of glo­ry
For His tried and faith­ful ser­vants to par­take.


Count it all joy, count it all joy,
Count it joy to serve the Lord from day to day;
Count it all joy to bear the cross of Je­sus,
All things work for good to those who love the Lord.

Count it all joy when sore­ly tried and tempt­ed!
He has pro­mised grace to help in time of need;
Trusting in God, press ev­er on to con­quer,
He will al­ways prove to be a friend in­deed.


Count it all joy when walk­ing thro’ the val­ley!
Even in the night the Lord will give a song;
Jesus can turn thy sor­row in­to glad­ness;
Praise and hon­or un­to Him for aye be­long.