Joy to the World
This Christmas… Part Four
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;…
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,
For He is coming… Psalms 98:1-9
A merry heart does good, like medicine,[a]
But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Merry – gleeful; glad; a heart that is full of joy
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad. Psalms 126:2-3
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming. Psalms 37:12-13
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. Isaiah 9:2
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end… Isaiah 9:5-7
The Gospel (Good news)
Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed… Isaiah 9:1
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Questions #1: What area in your life do you have some darkness that you need to allow God to bring light?
Question #2: Will you allow Christ to complete you today?