Advent, Desiring Jesus, and the World Singing for Joy

I watched and felt chills running through me, eyes starting to water, breathing coming shallow, all because of the beauty in music reminding me of our Savior’s coming.

When they played Jesu, Joy of Mans’ Desiring, I couldn’t stop thinking of this passage describing what the Savior will accomplish. No wonder he is a joy to desire.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:2-4.)

Then the Air Force Band played Joy to the World, which always brings me expectancy of Jesus’ return. Did you know the song is based on Psalm 98, a passage of prophecy about that time of new creation at Jesus’ second coming? The new creation will shout and sing for joy that the Lord has come.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.
(Psalm 98:1-2, 4, 7-9.)

 

Even though this psalm looks to a time yet to come, I still read it joyfully for this season of Advent. It reminds me to join with those who anticipated Jesus’ birth 2000 years ago and it encourages me as I look to his return when we will sing that new song along with all creation.

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12 Responses to Advent, Desiring Jesus, and the World Singing for Joy

  1. Loved the music. How wonderful to invade places with music and to invade the Internet with this post! Thanks!

  2. Jeannie says:

    Thanks so much for this, Tim — I had the same reaction: chills, tears. Beautiful!!

  3. Laura Droege says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Droege's blog and commented:
    This brought tears to my eyes. Music is so powerful, and Tim’s thoughts afterward are wonderful. Read, listen, and be blessed.

  4. Pastor Bob says:

    About 35 years ago i followed a call in to the ministry. I have been a serious musician for even longer. The music of the season is without any doubt the most beautiful. I have seen the words, the spirit, and the joy lead others to the Lord. There are skeptics, but that hardness seems to melt this time of year.
    Good music brings the tears to me, as the Lord ministers. (One of the reasons why I rarely sing at weddings…)
    I could go on-and-on-and…….. but, this is your blog!

    Blessings to all and

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  5. love this. So perfect for this season.

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