â€œBlessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.â€ (Psalm 89:15)
any have been the Christians who have joined in singing â€œWe have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves; Jesus saves!â€ Not all have known, however, that this beautiful phrase comes from a great psalm extolling Godâ€™s marvelous works of creation and then His promises of redemption.
â€œThe heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the south thou hast created themâ€ (Psalm 89:11-12). Earlier verses note that â€œthe heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORDâ€ (v. 5), speaking of the angels, â€œthe sons of the mightyâ€ (v. 6), literally, â€œthe sons of God.â€ It is exciting to realize that the very first â€œjoyful soundâ€ was heard when God â€œlaid the foundations of the earth.â€ Then it was that â€œthe morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joyâ€ (Job 38:4, 7).
There was also a joyful sound when Christ was born, and the angel came bringing â€œgood tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born . . . a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. . . . And suddenly there was . . . the heavenly host praising Godâ€ (Luke 2:10-11, 13).
Whenever a soul is saved, there is another joyful sound: â€œJoy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth,â€ said Jesus (Luke 15:7). Finally, there will be a most wonderful sound of joy on Earth when the Lord comes again. â€œAnd the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee awayâ€ (Isaiah 35:10). Therefore, even now, â€œmy soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvationâ€ (Psalm 35:9). HMM