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An essay about the meaning and application of the lyrics of the song Joy to the World
Joy to the World
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10.
There are many things that we say we are happy about. We are happy when a child is born, when friends get married, and when we fall in love; in those things, happiness is only temporary. Happiness from a baby being born is replaced by tears after weeks of little sleep, happiness about a friends marriage can turn to worry after the first fight, and happiness about falling in love can fade with changing feelings. The author of “Joy to the World” penned the extreme occasion for true joy in his poem; the occasion is Jesus.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

The first stanza proclaims the reason or joy is that Jesus is born and is King. The “earth” means every person in every part of the world. He continues to say that everyone on earth needs to accept him into his or her heart. When this happens, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God” Luke 15:10.

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.

The second stanza declares that Jesus is the Savior and the reason for men to sing. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, employ means to make use of, to devote or direct toward a particular activity or person. That means we are to tell others that Jesus reigns through our words and songs. Not only should men sing about the fact that Jesus is the Savior, but he should tell the world by repeating the story of Jesus because he is the reason joy is “sounding” or echoing throughout fields, floods, rocks, hills, and plains.

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.

The third stanza tells the world to “no more let sins and sorrow grow.” Once Jesus is accepted and a person is saved, forgiveness is granted and joy should replace sorrow. Though the ground was cursed in the Garden of Eden, Jesus has come with blessings and our fields should be overflowing with souls.

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.

The last stanza solidifies the reason for joy, Jesus’ love through his reign of truth and grace. The nations of the earth are used to show “prove” the truth, validity, and genuineness of his righteousness and the miracle of his love.

It is easy to forget everyday that there is a reason to be joyful. Jesus is that reason. Through daily devotions and a close walk with God, I will be able to apply the gift of joy through Jesus Christ daily in my life. Also, as I share the word of God and tell the world the story of Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins and giving us hope, joy, and love through simply accepting him into our hearts, I will live the joyful life that God has meant for me to live until the day he returns to take me home.
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