~* REJOICE, YE PURE IN HEART *~
Edward H. Plumptre, 1821-1891

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Psalm 33:1

The hallmark of the Christian life is a joyous spirit. The Bible teaches that "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22). Singing has a vitally important part in the life of joy. It can be the mind's greatest solace and can express its noblest inspiration. For the person who learns to enjoy it, the singing of "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" has therapeutic value.

A joyous, singing spirit should not be limited to an official Sunday worship experience. Every day is the time to rejoice! Let us never forget that "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever" should be the ultimate goal of all human existence.

Edward H. Plumptre, the author of this hymn, was a graduate of Oxford University and a minister. He was recognized as a brilliant scholar, authoring a number of scholarly works, translaing numerous Latin hymns, and having several volumes of his own poetry published.

This hymn first appeared in the 1868 appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, the well-known hymnal of the past century. These words still inspire believers to "rejoice, give thanks, and sing!"



Rejoice ye pure in heart;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Bright youth and snow crowned age,
Strong men and maidens meek,
Raise high your free, exultant song,
Godís wondrous praises speak.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Yes onward, onward still
With hymn, and chant and song,
Through gate, and porch and columned aisle,
The hallowed pathways throng.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

With all the angel choirs,
With all the saints of earth,
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss,
True rapture, noblest mirth.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Your clear hosannas raise;
And alleluias loud;
Whilst answering echoes upward float,
Like wreaths of incense cloud.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

With voice as full and strong
As oceanís surging praise,
Send forth the hymns our fathers loved,
The psalms of ancient days.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Yes, on through lifeís long path,
Still chanting as ye go;
From youth to age, by night and day,
In gladness and in woe.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Still lift your standard high,
Still march in firm array,
As warriors through the darkness toil,
Till dawns the golden day.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

At last the march shall end;
The wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their heavenly home,
Jerusalem the blessed.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Then on, ye pure in heart!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing!
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.

Praise Him Who reigns on high,
The Lord Whom we adore,
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One God forevermore.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing.



*For Today*: Psalm 24:3 & 4, 32:11, 33:1, 51:10-13

Say with the psalmist David, "This is the day which the LORD hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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