Rejoice in the Lord Always

Representative Text

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice!

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #586

Text Information

First Line: Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice
Title: Rejoice in the Lord Always
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Notes: 4 Part Round (optional)


Scripture References:
st. = Phil. 4:4

"Rejoice in the Lord Always" is almost a direct quotation of Philippians 4:4 (see also Phil. 3:1). The apostle Paul's encouragement to rejoice always, regardless of our circumstances, is an exhortation we sing cheerfully to each other in this song, often in the form of a round. The textual adaptation and the original tune are anonymous, products of the oral tradition associated with Scripture songs. The same oral tradition has produced minor variants on the tune, just one of which is included in the Psalter Hymnal; some congregations may know different versions of the tune. The text has been published in many of the early booklets and leaflets of the Scripture-chorus movement and appears now in a number of hymnals.

Liturgical Use:
As an acclamation; as an exhortation to be joyful; in medley with other hymns (for example, 569); many other occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


REJOICE (Anonymous)

Sing REJOICE as written with the keyboard accompaniment composed by Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) in 1985. Or to increase the joy, divide the congregation into two or four sections, and sing as a four-part round with enthusiasm and vigor, with or without accompaniment, possibly using guitar and Orff xylop…

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