Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Blogs of Christmas Blog # 6 - Listening to the lyrics of beloved Christmas Carols

Hi friends,

I don't have a crafty thing to show you today.  Things have been quite busy here as we prepare for the arrival of my daughter Sarah, future son-in-law Ivan and son Eric on Friday night.  But I do have a post for you today for 12 blogs of Christmas.

So, do you ever stop and ponder the lyrics of the beautiful and classic Christmas Carols that play this time of year?  The lyrics are stunningly beautiful and most of them are right on target with accurate biblical theology. Let me just share one famous carol; Joy to the World!  The music was written by George F. Handel and the lyrics by Issac Watts.

The first verse says more theology than many sermons.

'Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room and heav'n and nature sing; and heav'n and nature sing; and heav'n, heav'n and nature sing.'

  • How beautiful to consider that the Lord came to earth.
  • How wonderful that earth (and the humans that inhabit it) would receive the long awaited for King - Jesus Christ - Promised Savior.
  • How hopeful that each person would prepare their heart to receive the glorious salvation and grace that Christ Jesus offers.
  • Of course, all heaven and nature would sing when this happens.

And I'll leave you all with verse 2 & 3.  Won't you ponder the lyrics of this beautiful hymn and consider how God may be asking you to respond?

'Joy to the world!  the Saviour 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.

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.'

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Stop by again this weekend.  I should have another post on Saturday.

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