God is with us – in answered promises, realized dreams, and refreshed hope.
How could we help but sing?
During this Christmas season, explore the songs that were born from our joy that Christ has entered the world and rediscover their relevance in your life today. As you read these Carols devotionals over the next 25 days, allow God’s truth to be revealed to you just as it was revealed to all of mankind just over 2,000 years ago on that holy night in a little town called Bethlehem.
Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King.
“... for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World” in 1719. Since then, every Christmas season, carolers cast those words into the air like a lifeline out into the ocean of humanity. And every “fish” surely finds something inviting and worth nibbling at. The thrill of hope within the message spools out to touch a weary world with anticipation of tasting something really good!
Joy came to the world because God our great Creator loved His creation so much that He sent His Son to reveal His story, and so that over time, His character and ultimate good will toward mankind would be recognized. The impact on earth of Christ’s birth will never diminish despite enemies’ attempts to stop it. John 21:25 says that the world would not be able to contain the books that could be written about what the Lord did while on earth. Since then many more testimonies of His transforming love have been and will be written.
Nehemiah 8 records that Nehemiah, the leaders and the people celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with great joy, after sharing God’s Word. Rejoice in God’s Word and thoughts of the Savior’s birth, His purpose and His inheritance.
What do you plan on rejoicing about during this Christmas season?
Find all the devotionals from, Carols: A Christmas Devotional reading plan available at YouVersion.com