Jean’s Gospel: Psalm 98: Joy to the World!

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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I put down the egg nog just long enough to wish all a happy Christmas! 🙂

  2. JD says:

    Merry Christmas! I find the illustration particularly interesting in that the angels are playing on instruments which weren’t even invented yet. A fiddle, a tater bug mandolin, and what appears to be a shoulder pack harmonium. I cannot yet imagine what the artist is trying to convey here, any ideas? I am also amazed that Christmas bells are represented nowadays by the ding-ding of message notifications on the cell phone. lol

  3. John 20:29 says:

    The angels also appear to be girls wearing make up. ?
    Hmmm maybe the artist wants us to realize the gift is for all generations?

    Joy to the world, the Lord IS come … I feel very sad for those who don’t know the joy – those who can’t swallow the Truth that the whole of the universe hangs on such a simple, eternal fact … a sorrowful thing to miss, to think that one is too smart or too bad to line up with the message
    God so loved the world that He gave us a baby? A baby we eventually could and did kill?
    Read Jean’s post today, accept the message, know the joy – all that comes with it is worth living for… Period! ?

  4. Jean says:

    I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas!

    I was happily surprised during the exchange of gifts today by my youngest son, who, aware of my current study of the psalms, gave me two new books on the topic: N.T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential; and Ben Witherington III, Psalms Old and New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics.

    Reading through Wright’s book this evening and aware that the readership here includes several talented musicians, song writers (and singers?), I thought I would share the following from Wright:

    “In some parts of contemporary Christianity, the Psalms are no longer used in daily and weekly worship. This is so especially at points where there has been remarkable growth in numbers and energy, not least through charismatic movements in various denominations. The enormously popular ‘worship songs,’ some of which use phrases from the Psalms here and there but most of which do not, have largely displaced, for thousands of regular and enthusiastic worshipers, the steady rhythm and deep soul-searching of the Psalms themselves. This I believe, to a great impoverishment.”

    I would love to have people comment on where the psalms fit in to your individual and/or corporate piety, if at all.

  5. JD says:

    We include a Psalm and a Proverb in our family devotion time, and are amazed at how much of the time it fits right in to the Old or New Testament chapter reading.

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