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Joy to the World

Writer Isaac Watts  1719

 

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 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.

 

What is joy? It seems this song explains the why and how of joy-making. It has nothing to do with material things. No, it speaks of the absence of sin, sorrow, and pain; it describes who is coming and our mission … to prepare our hearts to receive Him joining in with all of Heaven and nature singing His Praise; not only heavenly and earthly beings, but inanimate objects, land, water, and rocks will proclaim Him as Savior; He will rule through truth, grace, and love; He alone is righteous but He absolves us from all unrighteousness through His life among us … with us … Immanuel … and His sacrifice … the pain of taking on all OUR sins so that we can return with Him to our Heavenly Home. How blessed we are … how much we’re loved … how GREAT THOU ART !  

Indeed, Joy to the World !

 

 

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.   Rumi

 

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are… Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught.  RJ Baughan

 

Luke 6:37-38  The Message 
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

 

In my way of thinking I’d say, “Be full of joy so that your joy overflows onto others.”

 

 

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