Ode to Joy
"But let the righteous be joyful; let
them exult before God; let them be jubilant
with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to his
name; lift up a song to him who rides upon
the clouds; his name is the LORD, exult before
"Oh send out thy light and thy
let them lead me, let them bring me
holy hill and to thy dwelling! Then
go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding
joy; and I will praise thee with the
O God, my God. Why are you cast down,
soul, and why are you disquieted within
Hope in God; for I shall again praise
my help and my God." (2)
"If you keep my commandments, you will
abide in my love, just as I have kept my
Father's commandments and abide in his love.
These things I have spoken to you, that my
joy may be in you, and that your joy may
be full." (3)
The joyful heart beats gratitude;
God knows its needs and provides all.
Thanksgiving is an attitude,
Which lifts the spirit from its fall.
The joyful heart's anchored by hope:
Christ's triumph over death is sure.
When despair forms its slippery slope,
Christ lights the way -- His road's
The joyful heart redounds with praise:
It celebrates God's endless love,
Which shelters us in all our ways.
Heaven's our home -- we look above!
O Lord, my Joy, be my heart's song!
Dance, my soul: in joy we belong!
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
(1) Psalm 68:3-4
(2) Psalm 43:3-5
(3) John 15:10-11