After reviewing the lyrics of Joy To The World and the Bible passages, here are some questions to help you go deeper:
What causes you to feel/express joy during the Christmas Holidays?
If your friends and family were asked, what would they say you regularly express joy about?
The lyrics of Joy To The World are filled with statements of joy all surrounding who Jesus is, what He has done and what He will do in the future. These are truths that will never change regardless of world conditions or our personal life situations. Here is an Old Testament Psalm that inspired the writing of Joy To The World:
Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds.
He has won a mighty victory by his power and holiness.
The LORD has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
The whole earth has seen the salvation of our God.
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram's horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the LORD.
For the LORD is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.
What could you do this week to fan the flames of joy in your daily life?