Hymn of the Joyful Flood


Father flood the world within me,
Wash the filth from my heart,
Seal me with Your waters of joy,
Make clear the murky dark.

Send mighty rivers of Your grace,
Flowing from heaven’s gate,
To uproot trees of sin and shame,
With crushing righteous weight.

For when You open up the deep,
Torrents of precious blood,
My joy filled heart will burst and sing,
Of Your redeeming love.

Drown out the distracting noises,
Calling me from the world,
Tune my ears to great swells of truth,
Rising up from Your Word.

Flush my eyes from the mud that blinds,
So I can clearly see,
Then fix my gaze upon the cross,
Where tears will keep them clean.

Channel my tongue so hard to tame,
So I can humbly speak,
And tell the story of the blood,
That flowed when I was weak.

When I see that crystal water,
And finally make it home,
I’ll join the joyful chorus there,
To flood praise to Your throne.

Behind the lines

From streams of grace beyond measure, it is truly wonderful to be “regenerated” and sealed by the Holy Spirit. One day…all who are born again will be able to praise Christ perfectly and flood His throne with joy forevermore.

Inspired by the scripture references, these lyrics are the result of the first “true hymn” I wrote using Common Meter ( I was encouraged to write traditional hymns after reading a post from My Song in the Night on Modern Hymn Writing.

One of the neat things about writing in Common Meter is the songs will seem familiar. As Bobby and Kristen Gilles point out on their site (My Song in the Night linked above) you can sing this hymn to the tune of “Amazing Grace” or  “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed.” If you know those tunes, try it…

Titus 3:4-7, Hebrews 10:22, John 3:5, 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 5:6, Ephesians 1:7-813-14, Revelation 22:1-3


4 thoughts on “Hymn of the Joyful Flood

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  1. I found it interesting that you have an interest in writing hymns because I have just finished reading John MacArthur’s book, Worship. The last chapter addressed the music issue. He was saying that we are not having hymns as we know them written today. So, thank you for seeing a need and meeting it! They are rich and wonderful words. It’s wonderful seeing you living your life the way you and Amy are raising your precious children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.


    1. Cathy,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts and kind words.

      I have yet to read MacArthur’s book, but another one I would highly recommend is “God’s Lyrics” (Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs) by Douglas Sean O’Donnell.


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