Oh what joy, children of our God

  Oh what joy, children of our God,
In His house, rejoice before His face,
Recounting wondrous stories of His grace,
Spirits lifted, singing ever endless praise.

Markham, Ontario, Canada

I enjoy this song, I remember we sang this song many many years ago as follows, which is easier for children to sing :

Oh what joy, we are all at home

All the saints before God’s presence come

To tell the stories of His wondrous grace,

Our spirits soared and to Him our praises raised


United States

This is an improved round-trip translation of the famous " WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY" by Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933):


By and by, when the morning comes,

When the saints of God are gathered home,

We’ll tell the story how we’ve overcome,

For we’ll understand it better by and by.

Often when adopting and adapting a hymn from Christianity, the Chinese translator made significant improvement over the original lyrics. In this hymn the famous notion of "by and by" is replaced by the immediate present enjoyment of God's grace at the house of God, which is not the heavenly mansion in the by and by, but rather, the church as Body of Christ in this age, right now.


United States

This song is beautiful. I know God's children love God. Praise the Lord. God loves and welcomes His children home. It's peaceful to meet God, to have our face shining brightly. The Spirit is so powerful. Keep singing; never stop. Let God's children be happy and so peaceful.