Today’s Scrip-Bit   18 December 2022 Psalm 150:6.

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

Sunday has come around again my brethren. It’s the last one before Christmas Day, as next Sunday will indeed be the Big Day. Yes friends, this year, that joyful and very auspicious day in man’s history falls most appropriately on a Sunday. So there will be lots of fellowshipping, singing, praising, celebrating and all the other things we do as we remember the day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, was born in a manger to the virgin in Bethlehem, as promised by prophecy in God’s Word long before. ‘Therefore the Lord himself shall give thee a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us).’ (Is. 7:14) 

Therefore, on this penultimate Sunday, in this Advent Season, where we look forward to Christ’s birth, it is only right that we sing a joyful song of worship celebrating that miraculous birth. The song written by that master hymnist, Isaac Watts (1674-1748), is aptly titled ‘Joy to the World,’ So in a rich, harmonious, up-tempo version, let’s raise our voices in joyful sacrificial praise, letting all heaven and earth know the enormous gratitude we truly feel for the gift of Jesus Christ that our heavenly Father bestowed on us that Christmas Day so long ago. 

Singing: ‘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. 

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. 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.’ 

Wow friends, that was marvellous! We certainly woke up heaven by emptying ourselves and letting them know the true and sincere appreciation we hold for Jesus! And why shouldn’t we be truly appreciative eh, since it’s only because of His birth, death and resurrection that we’re not facing eternal hellfire and damnation, but have another much more delectable option in salvation and eternal life. And whoever isn’t truly grateful for that option, definitely deserves to spend eternity with Satan. 

Ah my people, Christ’s coming to earth did bring joy to our world, it brought a gladness of heart that was not here before. And I like how the writer talks about: ‘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.’ 

It reminds me of how Psalm 148, exhorts all of God’s creation to praise His holy name; ‘the heavens, the sun, moon, the waters above the heavens, 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, both young men and maidens, old men and children.’ Yes friends, it is imperative that all of God’s creations praise Him and sing of the joy He brings, especially through His Son Jesus Christ. As Psalm 150 says: ‘Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah!’ (Ps. 150:6) 

Psalm 100 – A call to praise the Lord, a psalm of thanksgiving,-also comes to mind. ‘Make a joyful noise (shout joyfully)  unto the Lord, all ye lands (all the earth). Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Knowe ye that the Lord he is God: it is he who made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.’ (Ps. 100:1-5) 

Oh, what indisputable truth is showered forth in that psalm of praise and thanksgiving! And that last verse is a powerful scripture: for the Lord is indeed good and his mercy is indeed everlasting, otherwise we wouldn’t be celebrating the imminent birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Lord could have just left us in our sinful condition, but He chose not to because of His great LOVE and mercy towards us. That’s why He sent Jesus to save us. Not because of anything we did. As Bruh Paul said to the Romans: ‘But God commendeth (demonstrated) his (own) LOVE toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Rom. 5:8) 

The Lord stepped up to the plate with His LOVE and mercy despite our sinfulness. He could have waited for us to change, to become obedient to His word, but He knew that with our stubborn, rebellious and hardhearted nature we would not, so He offered us a lifeline through Christ Jesus. However, many of us still refuse to accept that lifeline and don’t accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. But friends that’s a rather foolish and unwise move, for there will be serious consequences to pay for refusing Jesus, come the judgement day. 

And whatever joy you might think you have now without Jesus in your life, let me tell you, that will be extinguished on your dying day, for only those who receive Jesus in all good conscience will have the joy that comes with eternal life. So please consider all we’ve said and seriously think about turning to Christ so that your joy may be full. Much LOVE!

…true joy is only to be found in Jesus… 

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