the song never stops

Christmas 2010 is in the books, and the tree at my house comes down tonight. It seems like a lot of work sometimes to go by so fast. However, I was reminded today that the song sung at Christmas started long before Christmas 2010 and will go on long after the year 2010. After attending quite a few Christmas services this year where traditional carols were sung and then even just shopping in stores or listening to the radio there is no telling how many times I heard the song Joy to the World this Christmas season. There is one line in the first verse and one line in the second verse that took on a little bit of a new light for me today after reading Psalm 148. Verse 1 of the carol ends by saying, “and Heaven and nature sing,” and then it repeats the line again. Then as if to say PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS the verse ends repeating that line again, “and Heaven, and Heaven and nature sing.” Verse 2 then follows up later with the line, “while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy.” Then it goes through the whole repeat the line twice deal too. Nature singing? Fields, floods, and rocks repeating a sound of joy? Really? While to many this may sound like the writer had had a little bit too much fruitcake, I would argue that songwriter Isaac Watts was not a weirdo artist guy but instead he got it. He completely grasped the cry of creation. He fully lays out the heartbeat of Psalm 148.

David, a songwriter himself, writes in Psalm 148, “Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above (v.1) Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him all you shinning stars (v.3) Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths (v.7) lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds…(v.8) you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars (v.9) wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds (v.10)” David was convinced that all creation from cedar trees to sea creatures are praising the name of the King of Creation. All of creation understands what David wrote in Psalm 148:6, “He set them in place for ever and ever; He gave a decree that will never pass away.” Therefore, creation is completely in tune to the idea that the Creator is worthy of all praise, and 24/7/365 creation is worshiping the Creator and displaying the glory of God. The rocks, hills, floods, birds, and mountains believe that God is faithful and that His decree will never pass away. They have never doubted from the time they were created and so the song never stops. God never doubts whether He is receiving honor from creation.

The problem in creation was when man rolled in with the opportunity of free will, and we begin to forget about the Creator. We doubted or forgot the promise that His decree would never pass away. We decided in our minds and begin to reflect it with our lifestyles that the praise of the Creator could wait or it just really wasn’t that important in the first place…and we tried to stop the song. However, just as Jesus told some Pharisees in Luke 19:40, “If my people keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” You see, creation is absolutely enamored with the worship of the God of the universe, and they will echo the song regardless of the heart of man. So the invitation for us is to simply join in with the song of heaven and nature, to repeat the sounding joy, to continually sing the song that only the Creator is worthy of, and to participate in the song that never stops.


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My name is Bryant May. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to the most beautiful and God-fearing woman I know, director of production at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, an Alabama football fanatic, and an OCD organization/clean freak.

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