Today’s Scrip-Bit   26 December 2021 Psalm 150:6.

Psalm 150:6.      Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah.)

So, Christmas Day is over… but not the Christmas season. Celebrations over the birth of Christ deserve more than one day. Technically it should be three hundred and sixty-five and a quarter days each year, (smile) but in between there we also have His death and resurrection to celebrate. 

In other words, our lives should be just one big celebration of Christ’s coming to earth to bring salvation to those who sat in darkness, in bondage to sin. Yes, that would be the ultimate situation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep Christ uppermost in our lives, in our hearts, minds and souls, as we make our earthly pilgrimage. That’s what it takes to live the true Christian life, with Christ’s help of course. 

But enough talk, let’s sing a joyful song of praise in honour of Christ’s birthday, most appropriately titled, ‘Joy to the World’ a Christian ditty written by one of the great hymn writers of the 18th century, Isaac Watts 1674-1748. And please, let’s put some spunk in it nuh, make it a li’l bit up-tempo (smile) along with harmony and soul, because it is a song of heartfelt feeling and gratitude. So, let’s open our mouths loud and strong in sacrificial praise as we joyfully declare: 

(Chorus: Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.) Joy to the earth, 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, repeat the sounding joy. (Chorus) 

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 the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found. (Chorus) He rules the world 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, wonders of his LOVE.’ 

Ah friends, what awesome singing. Who ever heard us must know that we were sincere, because our voices just rang true… and why not since they were filled with joy at the birth of our Saviour! (smile) Yes mih people, the Lord has come to save us, no doubt about that…if we would only allow Him to do it. And I like how the songwriter added, ‘Let men their songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.’  

That just recalls the last verse of the Psalms, Psalm 150:6, which so appropriately declares: ‘Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah.)’ Now that’s sort of obvious, anything that has life ought to praise their Creator, giving Him awesome thanks for that life. But Psalm 148, goes one step further when it directs – All creation to praise the Lord. It says: “Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah). Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him all, all his angels: praise ye him all his hosts.’ (Ps. 148:1-2) 

And I guess that second verse there is reminiscent of how the angelic host came to earth on that first Christmas morning and sang: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ (Luke 2:14) But then, the psalmist also instructed: ‘Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise ye him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished (established) them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.’ (Ps. 148:3-6) 

Yes friends, even the inanimate objects in the heavens ought to praise Him because they too are wonderfully made by His skillful hands. Then the psalmist turned his attention to the things on earth. ‘Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons (sea creatures) and all deeps; Fire, and hail; snow and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 

Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent (exalted, worthy of praise); his glory is above the earth and the heaven. He also exalteth the horn (strength, dominion) of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah).’ (Ps. 148:7-14) 

Oh mih bredrin, the psalmist didn’t leave out anything from either earth or heaven! And consequently, as the scholars explain: ‘it may appropriately be designated as the psalm of universal praise.’ No doubt about that, for all that God made is wonderful and long lasting. Then we have the last part of the song where the author writes: ‘He rules the world 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, wonders of his LOVE.’ 

Now that recalls the words of John as he introduces Christ in his gospel. He says: ‘And the Word was made flesh (became flesh), and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:14) Wow mih people! What amazing attributes Jesus brought with Him! But grace and truth were not the only ones He brought, He also brought the most important one, that of LOVE! As the songwriter says, ‘the wonders of His LOVE!’ How beautiful is that eh? So beautiful that many of us can’t seem to understand or appreciate it. 

Anyway my fellow saints in Christ, I do hope we all had a good Christmas day, filled with fun and frolic, with friends and family, as much as the Covid virus and the new regulations would allow, (smile) and that during the day, we all took a few moments to ponder what Christ and this awesome day meant to us. For remember, this Christmas Season is all about Christ’s coming to earth to save us from the fires of hell, to give us the option of obtaining heaven through belief in His Holy Name. And we’ll be really foolish if we did not accept that amazing free gift of salvation. Much LOVE!

…grace, truth, LOVE, joy…without those attributes…believers cannot survive in this evil world… 

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