Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Joy to the World

I have been pondering as of late why do we sing Joy to the World only at Christmas time? Isaac Watts originally wrote the hymn based on Psalm 98 then published it in collection titled The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship. "Watts wrote the words of 'Joy to the World' as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas son celebrating his first coming as a babe born in a stable" (Wikipedia). So may I first refresh you of these great words penned by Isaac Watts and then encourage you to sing this song more than just one time a year.

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the Earth! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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