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Lately, I’ve been reading, watching the nightly news
Don’t seem to find the rhythm, just wanna sing the blues
Feels like a song that never stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

Yeah-eh, back when I was young, my eyes were full of life
But now that I am older, I live at the speed of light
Feels like the cycle never stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Oh, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Go let it move you, go let it move you, go let it move you

I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

Songwriters: Ben Glover / Joel David Smallbone / Luke Smallbone / Matt Hales / Seth Mosley / Stephen Blake Kanicka / Tedd Tjornhom
joy. lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

About This Song

a few notes from Joe B., Music Director

First single from a brand new upcoming project. I love that songs seem to be released in themes. And there are a few songs on the air right now about Joy. This is another great one that I believe will live up to it's name. I believe just hearing it will bring a smile to Lisa. And remind her that Joy is a choice and not dependent upon what happens to us or the circumstances we find ourselves in. Joy and happiness are often confused for one another, but are not the same. Happiness contains joy, but joy doesn't necessarily have to contain happiness. Joy is the product of what's going on inwardly. Whereas happiness is triggered by external forces (other people, things, places, thoughts and events). Matt Chandler once shared this thought; "We will never fully realize the joy in our salvation until we first understand that God doesn't owe us anything." Our external circumstances or the things happening around us doesn't have to steal our joy and I love that this song serves to remind us of that.

"I'm not too convinced that God cares about happiness all that much, but He cares a lot about our joy!" - Luke Smallbone (for King & Country)


Related Verses in the Bible

James 1:2-3 | Romans 15:13 | Psalm 37:4 | Isaiah 12:6 | Romans 14:17 | Ecclesiastes 9:7 | John 16:22 | Psalm 47:1 | Isaiah 9:3 | Nehemiah 8:10 | Philemon 1:7 | Psalm 27:6 | Isaiah 35:10 | 2 John 1:12 | 1 Peter 1:8-9 | Proverbs 10:28 |