As a child this song would stand out to me because the chorus was the same the first 2 verses, but different on the 3rd. And that 3rd verse chorus--it's wonderful! It is telling of things still to come for us in our future: we will be crowned with the angels of heaven, and we will be one with Christ forever. Beautiful and hopeful, just like the rest of the hymn.
As the title and first line of the song says, this song is all about reasons to rejoice!
*We have a purpose on earth, and others to be with that know that purpose, too. No more strangers on earth!
*Good tidings--they really are abundant
*Loving each other and with no secrets to tear us apart
*Relying on Christ in (and with) faith
*We will be guided no matter what awful things may come at us in this world
*When we endure it all, we will "rise with the just"
*The Savior is coming!
Every hymn in the 1985 hymnal has a couple of scriptures to enhance the meaning/study of the hymns to us. But they are not the only scriptures that go with those hymns. In this song, especially with the chorus, one of my scripture verses goes with it:
3 Nephi 22: 4-5, 7-17 (especially the last few verses!)
4 Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
For thy maker, thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel—the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
From the history book:
Ironically, this hymn about joy and rejoicing was written after the Saints were persecuted in Missouri, when the lyricist William W. Phelps had his home and printing press destroyed, and then forced to leave the county in November. "In our day...literally millions who derive strength from the words of this hymn. Now Let Us Rejoice recalls the amazing, resilient faith of our pioneers and helps us to strengthen our own. Even in the worst of times, we can still rejoice as we "watch for the day when the Savior will come." Which, of course, puts me in mind of Pres. Nelson's fabulous talk on Joy from last weekend. This has been one of my life goals for much of my life, finding Joy in the Journey. And this song, especially with its origin perfectly exemplifies that.