Hymn of the Month

NOVEMBER, 2022


REJOICE

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Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Ben Shive,

Skye Peterson, Bryan Fowler


Rejoice

Verse 1

Rejoice in the Lord now and always

Sing it again, we rejoice

Delight in the love He has shown us

Gratefully lift up your voice

His gentleness among us

Will join our hearts with praise

We gather in His goodness

A family of grace

 

Chorus:

With each breath He has given

Praise the Lord

In these times we live in

We will praise the Lord

Throughout every season

I am sure

We have evеry reason

To praise the Lord

 

Verse 2

Rеjoice and be anxious for nothing

Praying for all that you need

Come with a song of thanksgiving

Lay your requests at His feet

His peace will fall upon us

To guard our hearts and minds

In Christ who reigns eternal

The Shepherd of our lives

 

Chorus:

With each breath He has given

Praise the Lord

In these times we live in

We will praise the Lord

Through our every season

I am sure

We have every reason

To praise the Lord

 

Tag:

Oh, we praise the Lord

 

Verse 3

Rejoice in the Lord now and always

Tell of the good He has done

Worship the Lord to remember

All of the joy yet to come

The hope that burns within us

The dark cannot destroy

With praise that's never-ending

We say again, rejoice

 

Chorus:

With each breath He has given

Praise the Lord

In these times we live in

We will praise the Lord

Through our every season

I am sure

We have every reason

To praise the Lord

 

Tag:

We have every reason

To praise the Lord

 

Outro:

Praise, praise the Lord

We have every reason

To praise the Lord

                                                                                                                       

Scripture Resources


Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;

    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

 

Psalm 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song;

    I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

 

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Isaiah 51:11

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


                                                                                                                       

About the Song

(Transcript of an Instagram video by Keith Getty, September 24, 2022)



“Over the past six years since the Sing Conference began, the most asked question about choosing songs for worship services is, ‘How do we find opening songs that are energetic, full of joy, but rich in the Bible?’ And it’s the hardest thing to write. So, we are excited to introduce the song Rejoice to you and encourage you to use it in your churches.

 

“We just did it at the Sing! Conference (in September, 2022). We actually wrote it back in June, 2022 with all the writers at our home in Ireland, where Ben Shive and Bryan Fowler came up with the chorus, ‘With each breath He has given, Praise the Lord; In these times we live in, We will praise the Lord.’

 

“We wanted to find a verse that would set that up as a congregational song, because it didn’t necessarily feel congregational at that point.  I have the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and one of the Calls to Worship they use in that is actually Philippians 4: “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” I didn’t know of a song that uses that.

 

“It seemed like such an incredibly positive call to worship, but also a really important song to be singing in church. Anxiety is a huge issue among “Gen-Z”-ers and is the number one differential cause of breakdown in life, in character, in family and everything else. . . . It’s so frightening to be reminded of the [escalation of] anxiety all around us, as the natural consequences of sin in society.

“When we go to church on Sunday, when we listen to songs in the car, we need songs that speak to these issues, but that speak in a way that lifts our heads in relief to the One who is our Hope, and the One in whom we can rejoice.

“We hope you can enjoy singing this song and teaching it to your congregation and encouraging them on a Sunday morning as they come away from all that drags them down in life.  We hope that this will be a real inspirational and helpful song for your church in the next year.” 

                                                                                                                       

About the Songwriters

Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over. (About Us — Getty Music)

                                                                                                                       

We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people with the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.