Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore; Rejoice, 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!
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!
Date: 18th century
Writer(s): Charles Wesley
Background for writing: This hymn writer is responsible for 6,5000 hymns that the church has sung. This particular hymn was written for the church so Christians could better manifest a spontaneous joy as they thought about the return of Christ. Philippians 4:4 seems to be the biblical inspiration for this hymn.
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care; In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us, be the Guardian of our way; Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and pow’r to free.
Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will; Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Date: 18th century
Writer(s): Dorothy A. Thrupp
Background for writing: This English woman wrote many children’s hymns and poetry but rarely signed any of her works. If she did, she would use a pseudonym. Thus, some speculate that she is the composer of this hymn, but we cannot be for sure.
My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; for Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me, and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree; I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow; if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
Date: 19th century
Writer(s): William R. Featherston
Inspiration for writing: The author of this hymn was a Canadian teenager when he wrote it. He was 16. It is rumored that his aunt sent his words off to be published in an English hymnal titled The London Book. The melody was written and improved upon by American Baptist pastor A.J. Gordon.
Jesus wants, allows, and calls Himself “our own.”
When we come to Christ, we renounce the sins that previously enraptured us.
Jesus’ love “began” in time past; we love Him because of His eternal love.
Jesus’ death of the cross saves us.
The suffering of Jesus was necessary for us to be saved.
Our devotion to Jesus will be eternal. Not even death will end our love for Him.
Our love for Jesus Christ should be maturing, deepening, and widening.
The church has one foundation, ’Tis Jesus Christ her Lord; She is His new creation, through water by the word. From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.
Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth, Her charter of salvation— one Lord, one faith, one birth. One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food; And to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.
Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with Thee.
Date: 18th century
Writer(s): Samuel J. Stone
Inspiration for writing: This hymn was written to counter theological liberalism. Penned by an Anglican minister, this hymn celebrates the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is one of 12 hymns that are compositions about the Apostles’ Creed. Stone was said to have “created a beautiful place of worship for the humble folk and made it a center of light in dark places.”
The Lead Pastor of every church is Jesus Christ.
The church was designed by Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ died for the church and made her His bride.
The church is filled with Christians who were elect before the foundation of the world.
The church is a group of gathered saints that believe in the same essentials.
The trinity’s unity is a model for the church’s unity.
All these truths should lead us to a place of humility.