Road To Joy Tip #11: Joy to the World

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.  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

This beloved hymn is one that most of us will sing during the Christmas season. But, did you know that this hymn, based on Psalm 98, does not actually proclaim the Christmas message? Instead, it announces the second coming of Christ, which will bring a joy so profound that all of heaven and nature will sing. As you prepare for celebrating Christmas this year, open your heart to the miracle of this gift. Let the birth of Jesus make your heart sing as you anticipate His glorious return to the earth as conqueror of all.