Three Nail Thursday - 12/2/21
A Song that I am listening to this week.
It’s Christmas time, even though the season has shifted from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I struggle to do so often. The calendar moves quicker than my mind. In addition, the Christmas season is a hectic season for churches and church staff. So I have to be intentional about getting into the Christmas spirit. So my first change is what I am listening to; the playlists change. It’s always amazing to me when I hear the music of Christmas, the shift that happens in my spirit. So this week, I began to listen to the tune of Christmas. One line of a song caught my attention. It was from the song “Joy to the World.”
Here is a link to listen to Pastor Evan Milby, our worship pastor, singing this fantastic reminder of the Joy that should be in our hearts, for Jesus Christ was born.
The line that caught my attention was “repeat the sounding joy.” In all that is going on in the world, what are we repeating? Are we echoing the sentiments of the negative, or are we repeating the sound of joy?
Make every endeavor to repeat the sounding joy this season and beyond this season.
During Easter season, we see the ✝️ = 🤎 (cross equals love)
During the Christmas season, we should remind ourselves that Jesus = Joy! Repeat that sound of JOY!
My Bible reading this week.
The song “Joy to the World” was based on Psalm 98.
1 Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!
2 The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song,
is6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
9 before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 98:1–9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Worship and praise for the joy that we have should be enthusiastic and joyful. Sure there will be those that ask for it to be quiet. They asked Jesus to quiet down His disciples. His response to that is in Luke 19:40, that if the disciples quieted down, then the rocks would cry out!
Now is the time for the worshippers to sing aloud for Joy!
Quotes that caught my attention.
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”~ Oren Arnold
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ~ W.T. Ellis