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. (Ps 98.4-7)
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (The angels in Luke 2.14)
Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
(Isaac Watts, 1719)
These represent the thread of joy experienced over the ages at the prospect of the revelation of God, climaxing in the joyous response when Jesus was born.
Similar expressions of joy are repeated many times over when people receive the Word of God in their own language for the first time. Praise God that we have been able to bring Scripture to people groups with a total number of speakers close to 32 million.
As we celebrate the coming of the King, let us remember those who have not yet heard the Good News about Jesus Christ.