JOY UNSPEAKABLE                                                                      written in 1900

The Story

Barney Elliot Warren (1867-1951) was converted in 1884 at revival meetings near Bangor, Michigan. Two years later he joined an evangelistic singing group as a bass singer. Warren also served as a Church of God pastor, producing song books and hymnals for the Gospel Trumpet Company. He is credited with writing some 7,000 songs, though few are used today.

One song that is still found in some books is “Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory”, based on 1Pet. 1:8, where the apostle speaks of the Lord Jesus, “whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Think about what it means to be a Christian. We are forgiven. We are saved from the wrath to come. We are the very children of God. We have direct access to the throne of the Father. We could go on and on and on. But when you start thinking about all of these things, you begin to understand that it truly is “joy unspeakable and full of glory!”

You may not remember this hymn, but it is a fun song to sing!

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – be joyful!

I have found His grace is all complete, He supplieth every need;
While I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet, I am free, yes, free indeed.

Refrain:
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, full of glory, full of glory;
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, Oh, the half has never yet been told.

I have found the pleasure I once craved, it is joy and peace within;
what a wondrous blessing, I am saved from the awful gulf of sin.  (Refrain)

I have found that hope so bright and clear, living in the realm of grace;
Oh, the Savior’s presence is so near, I can see His smiling face.  (Refrain)

I have found the joy no tongue can tell, how its waves of glory roll;
it is like a great o’erflowing well, springing up within my soul.  (Refrain)

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