Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Written by, Henry Van Dyke,

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee


Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away,


Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day. All Thy works with joy surround Thee,


Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,


Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,


Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,


Call us to rejoice in Thee.

“This joyful ode is one of the best-known hymns in the English language. Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) was inspired in 1907 by the beauty of the Berkshire mountains where he was serving as a guest preacher at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

It has been said that Van Dyke handed the poem to the president of the college, saying: “Here is a hymn for you. Your mountains were my inspiration. It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy.’” The hymn appeared in the 3rd edition of Van Dyke’s Book of Poems (1911).”

www.umcdiscipleship.org history of hymns

A link to the song Joyful, Joyful We Adore You, performed by Casting Crowns.

Joy and Blessings! 🌺

Righteousness and Justice: Psalm 89:14-15

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

Psalm 89: 14-15 (NKJV)

God’s throne is built on a foundation of righteousness and justice. The ways of the Lord are of mercy, truth, and compassion. Children of God sing joyful praise with thanksgiving for His love, forgiveness, and protection. While they move forward, walking in the blessed light of His countenance, following His path, extolling His grace. They are wrapped in God’s love, secure in His promises.

When you feel overwhelmed by worldly problems, do you find peace knowing God’s righteousness and justice?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are thankful for your righteousness and justice. Lord, we are blessed by Your mercy, compassion, and truth. We thank and praise You joyfully for Your love and forgiveness. Like the vibrant, radiating colors of the phlox flowers, let us be vibrant in our walk, radiating Your light. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Wonders: Psalm 65: 8-12

8The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;    

where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.


10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.

13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

David’s psalm 65:8-12 (NIV), with visuals may you find peace, joy, and hope in God’s creation.

Take time to be still, relax, and enjoy. Blessings!

Filled with God: Ephesians 3:19-20

19 You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. 20 Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:19-20(GWT)

Christ’s love is unconditional, encompassing, tender, forgiving, and patient. The true immensity of His redeeming love and forgiveness is unfathomable, beyond our knowledge. His extravagant love fills our souls, opens our hearts, and directs us to the will of God. When we are filled with God, we become in touch with His power, love, strength, and His direction. We lift our voices in song and praise for the glory and power of God, thankful for His abundant grace toward us.

When we are filled with God, His power is at work in us. When you feel powerless, do you turn to God and allow His power to work?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are in awe of your power, forgiveness, and love for us. We thank you for Your son Jesus and His great sacrifice and love for us. God fill us, teach us to be open-hearted, forgiving, and thankful. Like the lovely open, centered, allium flowers, let us be open to Your presence, centered on You, and spread Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Yours, O Lord: 1Chronicles 29:11

11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

1 Chronicles 29:11 (NLT)

King David has gathered gifts for building God’s temple, which his son Solomon will build. In verse 11 he is praising and worshiping the Lord. It is a wonderful prayer for us as well, Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Resounding with praise, O Lord, we adore You, we worship You, and thank You for all you have done and continue to do for us.

Yours, O Lord is the power and glory! Have you taken time to praise and show gratitude to God, to adore Him?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You, we praise You, we adore You. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom the power and the glory. Yours is the victory and the majesty. May we always turn to You for direction, help, and guidance. As the bowed begonia blossom glows in the sunshine, let us bow in prayer before You and glow with Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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The Lord is My Strength and My Song. Exodus 15:2

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Exodus 15:2 (NLT)

 2 God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. This is the kind of God I have and I’m telling the world! This is the God of my father – I’m spreading the news far and wide! 

Exodus 15:2 (MSG)

Exodus 15:2 is known, as the song of Moses, the first song recorded in the Bible. It is the song that Moses and the people of Israel sang celebrating crossing the Red Sea and escaping the Egyptians. It is a holy song of worship and joy. Exalt Him for God, is my strength, God is my song, God is my foundation. Encouraging us to spread the good news, God is our strength and salvation. He loves us and is our refuge and our hope! Let us sing praises to Him!

Are you willing to boldly proclaim like Moses, God is my strength and my song?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your steadfast love and support. We are in awe of your forgiveness and grace to us. Help us to share Your Word and spread Your good news far and wide. Let us declare the Lord is my strength, my song, and my salvation. Like the bold color on the Rex begonia leaves, radiates outward, let us boldly proclaim Your goodness and radiate Your love. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name. Amen

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To God Be the Glory! Romans 11:36

All things come from him. All things are directed by him. All things are for his praise. May God be given the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:36 (NIRV)


Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise!   Yes. Yes. Yes.

Romans 11:36 (MSG)

Our Heavenly Father is the Alpha, the beginning, the source of everything, and the Omega, our hope of things to come. When we praise God, adore Him, and follow His path for us, we give glory to Him. Everything comes from Him, He is the Sustainer of the universe, He is the source and fountain of all our blessings. We give glory to God when we sing praises to Him, when we obey His Word, and when we spread His love. To God be the glory, forever! Yes! Yes! Amen.

All things come from God, and all things are directed by God. Do you take time to glorify God with praise, thanksgiving, and prayer?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your extravagant generosity. We are in awe of the beauty and bounty that surround us. Lord, guide us on Your path and open our hearts to your Word. Like the overflowing vibrant, blossoms of the clematis, teach us to be overflowing with love and vibrant in faith. To You, God, we give glory, forever and ever! In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Thank You: Psalm 138:2-3

 I kneel in worship facing your holy temple  and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.

Psalm 138:2-3 (MSG)

I will bow down toward Your holy house. And I will give thanks to Your name for Your loving-kindness and Your truth. For You have honored Your Word because of what Your name is. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

Psalm 138:2-3 (NLV)

This a psalm of David radiates with praise and thanks. A reminder to thank God for His love and faithfulness. A prompt to praise God for His loving kindness, His words of hope, and His fulfillment of promises. Reaffirming that when we call out and pray for help, God will give us strength and encouragement. A call to worship and praise God, our strength, redeemer, and hope. Lord, we are in awe of your great works, and we give you our praise and thanks.

David was lavish in his praise for God. When you pray, do you joyfully thank the Lord for His compassion, faithfulness, and loving-kindness?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are in awe of your mercy and grace to us. We thank you for your loving-kindness and patience toward us. We praise Your Holy name for your forgiveness of our sins and Your unconditional love for us. As the pansies and spring flowers bring joy and hope after winter, let us with joy, praise, and thanksgiving celebrate the hope and strength You give us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Wonderful World: Psalm 104:24

24 What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. 

Psalm 104:24 (MSG)

We are sometimes so immersed in the problems of the day that we miss the natural wonder around us. God in His wisdom created all, He made earth overflow with diverse and wonderful creations. Even if you are sheltering at home, take time to look and enjoy nature outside your window. Take time to appreciate the small flower growing in a crack in the sidewalk, a bird filling our morning with a song, the sun shining through the clouds, the buzzing bee pollinating our crops and beautiful flowers, the joy of children singing, and the smile on the face of a neighbor walking by. Thank you Lord, for creating this wildly wonderful world, for us, to enjoy.

Will you take time to relax and enjoy God’s wildly wonderful world today?

Dear Lord, we thank You for making the earth overflow with wonderful creations. Open our eyes to the splendor and majesty that surrounds us. As the lovely bright and colorful flowers of the hibiscus grow upwards illuminated by the sun, help us to grow and be upright embracing Your Word, glowing with Your light, and sharing Your love. Our Father, we thank you for creating our wildly wonderful world and for Your loving care for us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

I think you will enjoy this video of second graders (a virtual choir) from Great Hearts Archway School singing “What a Wonderful World.”

Praise the Lord: Psalm 150: 5-6

5Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with clashing cymbals. 6Let everything that breathes praise the LORD. Hallelujah!

Psalm 150:6 CEB

In the early spring mornings, my backyard is a natural symphony filled with birds in song. It is an uplifting start to my day. How so must the Lord feel when we awake to praise and worship Him. When we start the day with praise, adoration, and glory to God, it opens our hearts to our many blessings. No, we don’t need cymbals or even perfect songs, just love and adoration for Our Father, the Creator of earth. Hallelujah, praise the Lord! He is good!

How will you praise the Lord today, with prayer, song, glowing words, or with cymbals? Or perhaps all the above.

Prayer: Our holy, and loving Father, we thank you for your love, grace, and blessings. We adore You and praise You. You are our hope and our joy. As the bell-like campanula flowers seem to ring in a symphony of blooms, let our voices rise in a symphony of praise for You our threefold God. In Jesus’ holy name. Hallelujah! Amen.