Earth, receive your king

Someone pointed out to me that Joy to the Word is much more than a Christmas carol – it is a song about God’s mission in this world. Just read the lyrics and think about them.

Christmas-Sunday-Joy-to-the-WorldJoy 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 nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns:
let men their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy
repeat the sounding joy
repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground:
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found
far as curse is found
far as curse is found

He rules the earth 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 of his love

2 thoughts on “Earth, receive your king

  1. Ed, I love this! I have sung this song a bazillion times, yet I have not really scrutinized the words. I cannot seem to take my eyes off the phrase”he comes to make his blessings flow (as) far as the curse is found”… Christ to every crook and cranny of the earth!

    But, I am not sure I get the meaning of the phrase, ” makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness.” What does “prove” mean?

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    • I think that it means that by his transforming power, people end up showing by their transformed actions that God is God (glories) and that his way is right (righteousness). By showing it, they prove those things to themselves and to others.

      I too love that phrase: “make his blessings flow far as the curse is found”, so into every geographic nook and cranny and into every part of our lives. YES!

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