Monday, December 27, 2010

Joy to the World!

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth into joyous song and sing praises.… Make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.” (Psalm 98:4 & 6)

“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 all 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 & 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 & grace & 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.”

[–“Joy to the World,” by Isaac Watts, 1719]

My hope and prayer is that the true joy of the Christ-child has been yours this Christmas, and that that joy will continue with you into the new year! Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

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