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363. Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

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1 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!

2 Our Savior, Jesus, 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!

3 His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o'er earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

4 Rejoice in glorious hope!
For Christ, the Judge, shall come
and gather all the saints
to their eternal home.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Title: Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
Author: Charles Wesley (1746, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Psalm 35:18; Psalm 95; Psalm 145:1-2; Psalm 145:13; Isaiah 45:23; Isaiah 52:8; Zechariah 14:9; Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:32-33; John 16:33; Acts 5:31; Romans 6:9-10; Romans 14:8-9; Ephesians 1:20-21; Philippians 2:9-11; Philippians 4:4-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 1:18
Topic: Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Christ's Return and Judgment; Hope (3 more...)
Refrain First Line: Lift up your heart; lift up your voice!
Tune Information
Composer: John Darwall (1770)
Composer (descant): Sydney Hugo Nicholson (20th cent.)
Key: C Major
Copyright: Desc. © 1985 Hymns Ancient & Modern (admin. Hope Publishing Company)

Text Information:

Each stanza of this enthronement text prepares for the final line of the refrain, based on Philippians 4:4. “Lord” is here a title of Christ rather than a reference to the undivided Trinity. The late 18th-century tune (first used with Psalm 148) captures the mood well.

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