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Music that Writes Culture, Part 9 & Final

Does our King rule arbitrarily?  No.  He governs through His eternal laws and ordinances.  People and nations will prosper, living within the framework of God’s order.  They will suffer impoverishment and enslavement by choosing to live outside of this order.  We … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 8

We are coming to the end of our look at the New Year’s Carol – Joy to the World.  We have celebrated with Isaac Watts, the author of this wonderful carol, the joy and reason for the joy:  Jesus is the … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 7

I mentioned earlier that years ago I had a “revelation” when I was singing this hymn. This was the stanza that startled me. There is an imperative here, “No more let sins and sorrows grow!”  How far?  “As far as … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 6

How are we to respond to this good news?  The answer is found in the second line of the stanza:  “Let men their songs employ!”  What does this mean? To employ is “to use as an instrument of means” (Noah … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 5

Let me continue to unpack the words of this incredible New Year’s carol.  The second stanza reads: Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods Rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 4

In the second line, Watts says “Let earth receive her king.”  Note that the object of the first two lines has changed, from world to earth.  I don’t think this was a slip of the pen or poetic variation in … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 3

Now I want to look in detail at the New Year’s carol – Joy to the World.  In the next installments of this blog series we will examine the significance of each stanza for our lives as we enter this … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 2

Like so many young people today, Isaac Watts (1674-1748.) was frustrated with the quality of the hymns at his church.  After one Sunday service, he complained to his father, who challenged Isaac that if he did not like the hymns, he … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 1

On December 10th, I wrote a blog entitled Joy to the World as the beginning of my reflections on the Advent season. Since then I have done more reflection on this wonderful hymn and I wanted to share some of … Continue reading

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Another Christmas Reflection

As my daughter and I went on a sunset stroll last week, I began singing some Christmas carols and landed on “Joy to the World” – a song that we spent a good deal of time reflecting on last January. … Continue reading

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