Prepare Him Room
An English writer and theologian named Isaac Watts first published the famous hymn, “Joy to the World,” in 1719. Ironically, Watts never intended for it to be a Christmas carol. He was simply paraphrasing the words of Psalm 98: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth . . . for he comes . . .” (vs. 4, 9).
Psalm 98 celebrates God’s protection and restoration of his chosen people. Watts’ song rejoices in the same way, as it expresses joy for the salvation that began when God became man.
“Joy to the World,” provides us with these beautiful lyrics: “Joy to the world! the Lord is come . . . LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM.”
“Prepare Him Room…”
These are such significant words… for ANY time of the year, but it’s an especially stunning reminder during Christmas time when so many things can distract us from our faith.
December is filled with busy shopping days, holiday baking, mailing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings, putting up twinkling lights, preparing for the visiting relatives, and welcoming kids home from college… Whoa! “Prepare Him room, prepare Him room… prepare Him room!”
It’s no secret that Christmas can be chaotic and frenzied, leaving us with endless “to do” lists…… Let’s take heed to this beloved hymn and prepare our hearts for Christ. When we do, we experience the greatest level of JOY imaginable.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16