Joy to the World – Repeat It

Have you ever considered the words in this song?

It came on the radio today and these words struck me…”Repeat, Repeat the Sounding Joy.”

I love that word repeat….Don’t just do it once but …REPEAT it…..

Repeat what? that “sounding Joy”  That joy that you hear and that you have heard. Receive fresh Joy and repeat that joy that you’ve known.

Repeat reminds me of the word “remember.” We are so often told in the Psalms to Remember…remember what? The works of the Lord.

I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. –  Psa 77:11

Let’s look at the rest of the song as it is in the hymnal by Isaac Watts…

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

We have joy because our Saviour has come to save us from the sins that have so often beset us.  Let your heart give Him room…Is your heart cluttered with other priorities and things? Have Joy, you don’t need to seek fulfillment in those things.

2 Joy to the earth, 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.

As the field, floods, rocks, hills, and plains are rejoicing that the Savior is Lord over all, so also should we spend our time in this way. The word employ isn’t just in your free time, but it is what sustains you. My current job sustains my current earthly life. Let joy be what sustains you in life that is heavenly.

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.

Don’t let your current state of sin and sorrow or worldliness overcome you. Let Him fill you with Joy because we are no longer cursed by Adam’s race!

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.

Sometimes we see the world and the evil in it, and it looks like Jesus doesn’t reign if we use our earthly eyes. But He rules and He will prove it with righteousness and wonders. By faith we overcome, “until [we] shall see Him face to face.”

This is the root of Christmas …He has come! Let use receive “more Christ, mas Christ” (yes, that’s my own translation of Christmas. 🙂


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