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“Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts

16 Dec

“Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts (Arr. from George F. Handel)

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

Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns
Let me 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

Dear God, here’s a classic that I remember hearing a lot when my mom would play Christmas music when I was little. I have to say that I listened to several versions of this on YouTube before I found the link above, but the only one I wanted to hear was the full choir version. It’s just the one that I know best and that sounds right.

So let’s see what I notice in these lyrics that I’ve missed before:

  • Verse 1: This one is just straight forward and the one that most people reading this will know without having to look at the words. But what’s it implore us to do. First, we should be full of joy because you came to earth! We should receive you. On an individual level, we should “prepare” room for you. Sidebar, I think the idea of preparing room for your is important. We don’t just welcome you into our heart, but we prepare the space for you like space is prepared for a guest staying in our home. We clean. We purge. We throw things away. The same is true for our hearts. We need to prepare room for you and that includes repenting and turning from sin. And, of course, while we do this, heaven and nature will be singing about this wonderful news.
  • Verse 2: This verse makes me think of the verse in Luke 19:40 when Jesus says that if the people stopped praising then the rocks would cry out. We need to praise you with songs and acclamation because the fields, waters, rocks, hills, and plains are already doing it.
  • Verse 3: Going back to verse 1, this verse gets into preparing our hearts (the soil of our hearts) for you. This reminds me of the journal I did several weeks ago about the parable of the sower and how we need to be continually weeding and removing the thorns from the soil of our hearts to ensure that your Spirit has a place to grow and return the highest yield possible.
  • Verse 4: I’ve got to say, I don’t know about this verse. Perhaps this is post-tribulation, but it doesn’t feel like you are ruling the earth. Of course, you are the author and creator. You made us all. And you are truth and grace. But right now the nations are not proving the glories of our righteousness or the wonders of your love.

Father, once again, I am left thinking that I need to constantly be preparing room for you in my heart. It’s a moment by moment thing and not just something I do once. And I also need to remember the joy of all of this. You came! You lived! You Sacrificed and Won! You will reign forever! Let me be filled with joy!

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2019 in Christmas Hymns, Hymns and Songs

 

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