Happiness Is The Lord

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By Lauren Stoner

The song “Happiness is the Lord” is a fun and catchy tune, often used in children’s classes. Though some may view children’s songs as less important than “adult songs” there is much to be found in the history of two famous songs often taught to children.

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Ira F. Stanphill


Ira F. Stanphill is the author of “Happiness is the Lord”, but you probably know him for his more popular song, “Mansion over the Hilltop.” Ira was a young man on fire for the Lord. He was a masterful musician who played a number of instruments and when he was only seventeen, began participating in travelling revival services. He continued on to be an evangelist for the majority of his life, reaching numerous countries and churches. He even appeared on the famous Southern Gospel series, Gaither Homecoming with Bill and Gloria Gaither.


Happiness is to know the Savior,
Living a life within His favor,
Having a change in my behavior,
Happiness is the Lord.


Lindsay Terry from TanBible.com writes about Mr. Stanphill’s experience of writing this song. She said he was simply driving in his car when he heard a number of ads proclaiming how happy alcohol and cigarettes can make one feel. Ira kept hearing the word “happiness” being associated with these destructive substances. Lindsay writes “he thought at the time that happiness does not come with these things, but with knowing Christ.” He began to compose the song as he drove, making up the words and melody as he went.


Happiness is a new creation,
Jesus and me in close relation,
Having a part in His salvation,
Happiness is the Lord.


Ira effectively portrayed the real joy that comes from Jesus compared to anything else the world has to offer. This is an important lesson every person needs to realize. Real joy can come from nothing the world offers, but comes from everything Jesus Christ offers.


Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start;
I’ve found the secret, it’s Jesus in my heart!