And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory. Revelation 19:6-7a
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.
The father of English hymnody, Isaac Watts, captured what it should mean for all creation to welcome the presence of the Creator God. This hymn echoes the words of Psalm 98:4-9 where the earth, the sea, the rivers, and mountains “clap their hands” and rejoice—the same expectation voiced by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:18-22. But like Creation, the children of God long for the appearing of the Son of God (Romans 8:23-24). Thus, Watts wrote, “Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room..”
As a part of creation, is your heart open to Christ? Have you prepared Him room in your heart and home this Christmas? Let the joy of your heart become joy to the world!
Joy is the serious business of heaven. C. S. Lewis
Revelation 19:1-10 – The Marriage Supper of the Lamb