America, We Have A Problem

This is the third post on Isaac Watts' famous hymn "Joy to the World," which is based on Psalm 98. The lyrics of this Christmas carol teach a biblical worldview. This carol should serve as yearly reminder of how God wants his people to think about the world they inhabit. The first component of this worldview has to do with the joyful anticipation of Christ's rule. The second component encourages us to delight in the ongoing reign of our Savior. This third element tells us where the problems in our life and culture come from. We see this in the carol's third verse: 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...

There is indeed trouble on Planet Earth. Our first parents exchanged God's truth for the most wicked of all lies and brought God's curse upon themselves, upon their posterity, and upon the whole planet. Sin has been woven into the fabric of life. All the earth has been ravaged by Adam’s lack of faith: his failure to honor God and to protect his wife. There is nowhere we can turn in life that the curse on our planet is not found. But even in the midst of these ugly realities there is the faithful promise of the ruling King. He comes to make his blessings flow. Not because we are entitled to his blessing, but simply because He delights to give them.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press. Also read Parts 1, 2, and 4 in this series.]