December 13, 2014

 

Psalm 98:4-9A Glorious Fanfare
Joy to the World

     fan-fare (noun) - a short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments, typically to introduce
     something or someone important.

The Christmas carol, Joy to the World, was written by Isaac Watts and first published in 1719. Watts drew inspiration for the lyrics from Psalm 98:4-9, and intended it to be a glorious fanfare proclaiming Christ’s triumphant return, not his birth. In this context, hopefully, you will experience a paradigm shift and the words of this song will remind you that the season of advent was never intended to solely celebrate the birth of Christ, but to look forward with great anticipation for his second coming which will cause Heaven and nature to rock like it has never rocked before.

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

Something to ponder: What do you think Watts meant when he wrote, “let every heart prepare him room?” Yes, if we have received the gift of salvation, we have salvation through Christ, Jesus in our hearts, but, have you prepared room in your heart for the coming of Christ? Is there room in your heart for him daily to move around at his will, to transform your thoughts, to rearrange your behavior to be centered around him?