Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Joy To The World



What brings you joy at Christmas time? Is it the snow on the ground? An elderly couple walking through the mall? Children laughing? The song Joy to the World was written by Isaac Watts. He wrote the song based on Psalm 98 which was written by David. Joy to the World is a paraphrases the last part of Psalm 98, v 4-9. 


Psalm 98:4-9: 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.


So what brings you joy at Christmas time? 

A child laughing brings me joy. They laugh even though they may not get what they want for Christmas. They laugh so easily at everything. Children are so willing to give and they don’t worry about getting things. So if a child can have this much joy shouldn’t we? As Christians, we must remember we have a hope that was born for us but yet we seem to neglect the true meaning of Christmas. We get caught up in the material things and the ‘getting’ part of Christmas and we forget what Christmas is all about. We should be more like children and have joy no matter what. Linus recites perfectly to Charlie Brown about what Christmas is all about. 


Joy to the World is telling us that Jesus was born to bring us joy and without him being born we would have no hope and no joy.  

JOY TO THE WORLD:

  1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
    Let earth receive her King;
    Let every heart prepare Him room,
    And heav’n and nature sing,
    And heav’n and nature sing,
    And heav’n, and heav’n, and nature sing.
  2. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
    Let men their songs employ;
    While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
  3. No more let sins and sorrows grow,
    Nor thorns infest the ground;
    He comes to make His blessings flow
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as, far as, the curse is found.
  4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    And makes the nations prove
    The glories of His righteousness,
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders, wonders, of His love.

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