All that is good, noble, and excellent in life stems from the glory and goodness of God, not from any other source. If Jesus reigns, the only fitting response is one of joy. This flies in the face of conventional religion and wisdom, in which various circumstances determine our sense of well-being. This is the theme of the second verse of Joy to the World:
Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy…
God has done marvelous things. It is true that there is much darkness and sadness in our world, but because of the Lordship of Christ, we have hope. Things are not as they appear to be. Regardless of what the circumstances appear to declare, this one fact remains – the Savior reigns! There is more to life than meets the eye. God is faithful to his covenant promises.
We can always sing with joy that our Savior reigns—this is an essential building block of living out a biblical worldview. This is truth is a blessing to give to your children. When things are going well we can have joy. But more importantly, when things do not appear to be going well, it is a blessing to sing, even with tears, Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!