December 23 – Joy to the World

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, 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

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

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

By Isaac Watts

This Christmas carol is a praise song.  If you look at the words more carefully, you will find praise for the fact that God came to earth.  That is just so amazing – that God, the creator of the universe, would limit himself with a human body.  There is praise from the entire creation of this planet – fields, floods (yes, even floods), rocks, hills and plains all rejoice that the creator has come to earth.  Praise is also given for God’s intervention in the curse of sin that currently holds the world in its grip.  “His blessings flow as far as the curse is found.”  And the final praise in the carol is for God’s wonderful love.  He is a God of truth, grace and love.

This carol was based on Psalm 98, so I thought I’d include it today as well.  Read it over slowly and concentrate on the excitement and joy expressed in the words. I’d even suggest you read it out loud.  Tell your heavenly father that you are saying this psalm to him.  Sing Joy to the World around your home today.  Sing other songs that come to your mind that praise our wonderful God.  Have your kids join in as well.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing on tune; any praise is music to God’s ears.  Celebrate joy today even though you may be stressed over all the stuff that goes along with Christmas traditions.  Put that aside for today, and concentrate on the real reason for Christmas.  Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Psalm 98   (NLT)

Sing a new song to the Lord,
    for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
    his holy arm has shown his saving power!
The Lord has announced his victory
    and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
    The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
    break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
    Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
    Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
    Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with fairness.

Our song for today is Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin.

One Reply to “December 23 – Joy to the World”

  1. Merry Christmas Audrey
    Thank you for your faithfulness and expertise in doing these devotions.
    Wondering if your daughter will visit from Britain? Our families’ plans are changing since our son and grandson have mild Covid.
    So grateful for the grace and peace our Saviour brings.

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