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Joy To The World
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. Psalm 98:4-6
Joy to the World, was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), who is acknowledged as "The Father of English Hymnody". The church, up to his 15th birthday, had used mostly the Psalms as hymns. After one Sunday morning service at the church his father was the pastor, young Watts complained about the horrendous worship music. One of the deacons said to him: "Give us something better, young man." His answer was ready for the evening. In 1719 his "Psalms of David Imitated" was published, Watts wrote the hymns using the style and feel of David’s psalms but in New Testament language. The church believed the Psalms had been opened in their full beauty. Joy to the World is the "imitation" of the last half of Psalm 98. Watts restored a Jewish psalm of praise for deliverance into a Christian song of rejoicing for the salvation of God, manifested when Jesus was born. This hymn clarifies what Jesus’ birth meant to all of us.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King!Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns: let men their songs employ,while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains 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.
He rules the earth with truth and grace, and makes the nations proveThe glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.
Jesus’ birth was to bring joy, intense happiness, to our world if we would receive Him as our King. Have you experienced that joy or is your walk with the Lord burdensome and tedious? I think of a donkey trudging to the bottom of the Grand Canyon; carrying not only a rider but all of the gear one needs for an overnight trip, don’t they always look overburdened? How much relief they must feel when the rider dismounts and pulls off the gear. If donkeys could dance, I believe they’d do the “donkey dance of joy.” Sadly, they can’t dance but we can! But we can’t dance with joy if we are carrying the heavy burdens of life, can we? Give the burdens to the Babe of Bethlehem, let Him carry them! He’ll turn our burdens into joys!!
“He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found!”
Unless noted scripture is NIV © International Bible Society 1984
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About the Author: Eleanor Gale lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (41 & 2 on the way; 4 generations / country wide), her two children, their spouses and her two grandchildren are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. @ 3/05 Eleanor Gale dma A Sister’s Hugs; ChIPS