You Are My Joy - Song History WORDS & MUSIC Dennis Jernigan February 22, 2017
Having just completed writing two new books, I found my soul depleted yet full of joy and expectation. In my body I was feeling weariness but knew I needed to focus on the Lord in spite of how I felt physically. When I do not know what to do, I worship, so I went to the piano to pour out my soul. Since I was leading my home church that same evening, my focus honed in on the needs of the group I was about to face. Coupled with my own need, I began to sing this little phrase, It is my joy to love You. The rest of the song came forth from that one phrase. Through pain and sorrow and fiery trial and persecution, He has been there. That has never changed - and that will never change!
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB
Verse It is my joy to love You! It is my joy to serve You! It is my joy to bow before Your throne! It is my joy to love You! It is my joy to serve You! It is my joy to know that I am known!
Chorus You are my Joy! There through pain and sorrow! You hold tomorrow and You never let me go!
You are my Joy! Like a stream in the desert That never ever runs dry! You are my Joy! You are my Joy! You are my Joy! You are my Joy!