Joys are flowing like a river

Joys are flowing like a river,
Since the Comforter has come;
He abides with us forever,
Makes the trusting heart His home.
  Blessed quietness, holy quietness—
  What assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea He speaks peace to me.
    How the billows cease to roll!
Bringing life and health and gladness
All around, this heavenly Guest
Banished unbelief and sadness,
Changed our weariness to rest.
Like the rain that falls from heaven,
Like the sunlight from the sky,
So the Holy Ghost is given,
Coming to us from on high.
See a fruitful field is growing
Blessed fruits of righteousness,
And the streams of life are flowing
In the lonely wilderness.
What a wonderful salvation
Where we always see His face!
What a perfect habitation!
What a quiet resting place!
Harriet Christian

Mobile, Alabama

I learned this song when I joined church at nine years old. When I am the only person still singing the 3rd verse, my daughters ask me "How do you remember those verses? I told them that I guess they are planted in my soul!!

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Manie Payne, born in Carlow, Ireland, was a Christian, but she did not know peace. She struggled with her sinful nature until she began to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This is the "blessed quietness" that she wrote about. Once that occurred, she was so happy she could hardly contain herself. Indeed, joy was flowing like a river in her life.

Later she married T. P. Ferguson and founded Peniel Missions, with branches in Egypt, China, and the west coast of the United States. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

Anselme Hategekimana

Victoria, BC, Canada

Serving God in quietness is wonderful, yes what a quiet place to be in HIM! AMEN. May He grant us the priviledge of serving Him in this dying world.


I thought it was very beautiful I am on this piece in my 8th grade grammer and I thought it was magnificent!


Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Studying the book of Acts currently and couldn't resist the conclusion of this hymn writer about how blessed it is, how sweet and peaceful to have the rushing move of the Spirit in someone's life even in the midst of the story seas. That phrase most especially is what I think many Christians do not understand. I pray that I would.

Robert Saunders

Davison, Michigan, United States

Such sweetness to the words and music. Can't help but love it.

Amanda Nelsen

Bellingham, WA, United States

This is a wonderful song that shows that the Lord can be our Comforter if we let Him make home in our hearts.

Mac An Rothiach

Saskatchewan, Canada

How I adore hymns with nature metaphors! This is so pretty and peaceful. I again thank you for the music as I seek to learn this hymn this month.

Adenike Odunuga

Lagos, Nigeria

This song is melodious and its beautiful rhymes and unique composition make me like it. It is to me a prohetic song which I sing when things get disquiet and rough. There is blessed quietness when the Spirit of God takes over, when we go into the presence of God and leave our troubles behind us. His words are peaceful.