The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

The title of this song is based on Nehemiah 8:10.  That passage of scripture documents such a cool time in the annals of the history of God’s people – a real time of revival, rediscovering God, returning to gratitude for how great it is to belong to him.  That’s was I was thinking about as I wrote this song for a small group leaders’ retreat with the same title a few years back.  As a church, we were experiencing a similar time, having come through some darkness and difficulties we were repenting, returning to God, and remembering all He has done, having faith in him as our ultimate source of strength.

This song has been a favorite of those who like my music for years and I’m excited I finally got a chance to make a decent recording of it – this is the version that appears on my new CD “Higher Ground”.  And an unplugged video version is below.

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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength
(Nehemiah 8:10)

Remember you’re never alone
Remember your heavenly home
Remember who gave you your name
Forgave all your sin and your shame

Have faith
The joy of the Lord is your strength
To fight through the wind and the rain
The Lord he is mighty to save
Don’t shrink back, have faith
The joy of the Lord is your strength
His power can do anything
And when you’re victorious we’ll sing
The joy of the Lord is your strength

When the world ends all will burn
When the world ends he’ll return
When you have conquered the flames
In a blink of an eye you’ll be changed

After the race has been run
After the victory is won
After you see him on high
Up through the clouds we will fly

Em    /   Em    /    C    /    D

G    /    G    /   Em    /   Em
C    /    C    /    Am   /   C     D
G    /    G    /    Em    /   Em
C    /    C    /    Am    /   C

Bridge :
G    /    G    /  Em   /   Em
C    /    C    /   D     /    D

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