Joy in Serving Jesus – Song


Today’s blog is a companion piece to “Where is the Joy Part 3,” which I wrote last week.

When I wrote my blog about the joy in serving, I had an old hymn in mind.  So old, in fact, that I went through four hymnals before finding it!  Evidently this one, written in the early 1930’s, has been passed by over time.

The lyricist, Oswald J. Smith, found the secret that finding what Jesus would have you do lifts your own burdens and brings great joy.  He writes about that secret in the fourth verse.  He knows, too, that the joy that Jesus gives never fades.  The last line of the chorus says, “There is joy, joy, joy that never shall depart.”

Mr. Smith had a real experience.  He was not writing about doctrine he’d picked up somewhere.  “Joy that throbs within my heart” doesn’t come from what he knows, it comes from what he’s lived.  That’s what I love about this hymn.  This heartfelt testimony about lasting joy is still true 80 years later, and we can still have that joy.

Joy in Serving Jesus

There is Joy in serving Jesus,

As I journey on my way,

Joy that fills the heart with praises,

Every hour and every day.

Chorus: There is joy, joy,

Joy in serving Jesus

Joy that throbs within my heart;

Every moment, every hour,

As I draw upon His power,

There is joy, joy,

Joy that never shall depart.

There is joy in serving Jesus,

Joy that triumphs over pain;

Fills my soul with heaven’s music,

Till I join the glad refrain.

There is joy in serving Jesus,

As I walk alone with God;

“Tis the joy of Christ, my Saviour,

Who the path of suffering trod.

There is joy in serving Jesus,

Joy amid the darkest night,

For I’ve learned the wondrous secret,

And I’m walking in the light.

Since I’ve come to realize this hymn is well known to me but probably not to others, I searched for a YouTube video so you can hear the song, composed by Bentley D. Ackley.  This is definitely a home grown church video, but you’ll be able to hear the music and these words together.

I hope you enjoy this song and that it will encourage you all the more to draw on Jesus’ power and find the “Joy that never shall depart.”


  1. Robert says:

    Thanks for posting Oswald Smith’s gospel song, “Joy in Serving Jesus.” As a hymn historian, I do chuckle, however, when songs from the 20th century are called “old,” and “so old…” Dr. Smith says the lyrics were written when he was in his early 20’s, which would be around 1910-1915. Then, in 1930, he began a collaboration with Christian musician Bentley Ackley. The two of them wrote several songs together, and “Joy in Serving Jesus” was the first–published in 1931. (Since that is only 10 years before I was born, I guess I’m pretty “old” too!) :-)

    If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

    And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” With the arrival of fall, we begin to think of the Christmas season up ahead. If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at mine, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

  2. Adam Rollins says:

    Thanks for posting this blog about this song and for including the video demonstration of it. I lead my church in congregational singing like many grand old hymns that have been passed over by time, I have not been certain of the tune of this song due to only having heard it a scant number of times in my christian life. Thanks to your post I am now ready to confidently lead the members of Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, NY that we may be admonished and blessed with the message of this song. God bless you!

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv Enabled