Scripture Verse

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Mor­al and Sac­red Po­ems 1744.

Music: Dar­wall’s 148th John Dar­wall, in The New Un­i­vers­al Psalm­o­dist, by Aar­on Will­iams, 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Your Lord and king adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing,
And triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the Savior, reigns,
The God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains
He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

His kingdom cannot fail,
He rules o’er earth and Heav’n,
The keys of death and hell
Are to our Jesus giv’n;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

He sits at God’s right hand
Till all His foes submit,
And bow to His command,
And fall beneath His feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

He all His foes shall quell,
Shall all our sins destroy,
And every bosom swell
With pure seraphic joy;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up
To their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!