Psalm 98:1-2 “Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.”
Now, this song is a Christmas standard which we only bring out once a year during this Advent season.
With so many people singing this beloved classic and each one bringing their rock, punk, country or pop feel to the song, it’s easy for a powerfully meaningful song to fade into the background and lose its message of proclaiming Jesus’ reign on earth. As I’ve listened to Isaac Watts’ “Joy to the World” for the zillionth time, I’m trying to slow down and allow the phrases of each verse to go deep into my heart. I printed out the lyrics, read them, highlighted them and asked God to make the truths of the phrases in this carol a reality.
Take a moment right now to slow down, really slow down, read through these lyrics and see where God will speak a truth to you right now.
Read it again and ask God to come and speak.
It might take a moment or even ten minutes of contemplative effort, but I promise you it will be a meaningful exercise.
Joy to the World
Verse 1 Joy to the world! the Lord is 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.
Verse 2 Joy to the world! the Saviour 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.
Verse 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.
Verse 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.
Would you take a moment and email me back what little phrase spoke to your heart today? It will be interesting to see the heartbeat of God coming through in this spiritual exercise.
May the Lord make known His salvation to you today!