“Joy to the world the Lord has come, Let earth receive her King.”— Isaac Watts
What a great song of confession and admonition in this great Christmas Carol. The call to the earth and all that dwell therein. “Let earth receive her King!” This declaration aligns itself with the word of God: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and they that dwell therein.” It is the truth of the creation and its creator God, and the redemptive price paid by King Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain. He holds the deed to all the earth and all its inhabitants. He is the King of the whole earth.
So we sing, joy, joy, exceedingly great joy to Him who all glory is to be given. Whether all that dwell therein acknowledge or receive Him, the deed is written and certified and signed in His blood—paid in full.
“And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slaughtered, and You purchased people for God with Your blood from every tribe, language, people, and nation. You have made them into a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign upon the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing.” And I heard every created thing which is in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, or on the sea, and all the things in them, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing, the honor, the glory, and the dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures were saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Revelation 5:7-14 NASB2020
Joy, joy, unspeakable eternal joy forevermore.
-Keith Curlee, president