Thursday, December 4, 2014

Day 5: Joy to the World

    "Joy to the World". A perennial Christmas classic. As familiar as it is, it still retains its completely exuberant nature-it stands in stark contrast to many of the more mellow, lower key carols. So, I have to say, I learned this after I had already put the printable together, but this song is directly based on Psalm 98. Please, please, will you include that in your Scripture reading? I love how beautifully the author tied together the Old Testament and New Testament themes. It speaks directly to the unity of the entire Word. I could go on and on, but I will let you marvel over this one yourself.

Lyrics: "Joy to the World"

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #87

Questions for thought and discussion:
1. How did the "he", John the Baptist, of Luke 1:16-17 help people to "prepare Him room"? Why do you think it was important to God's plan that John come before Jesus?

2. We often think about Jesus coming to bring us salvation, but how does He also bring us joy? Does your salvation make you joyful?

3. This song has a lot of themes of creation praising the Lord (rocks, hills, plains, nature sing,etc.). How do you see the "harmony" of the physical world? How does this praise the Lord? (Maybe that's why we love snow at Christmas...)

Looking for the printable? Its here.

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