Isaac Watts 1674-1748
This is another hymn that was written during a time that only Psalms and sections of scripture directly out of the bible were used in congregational singing. He felt the singing was without joy and monotonous and his father encouraged him to “do something about it”. He spent his life writing words that exalted Jesus and reminded Christians of the hope we have in him.
Joy to the World was NOT written as a Christmas song!!! It is based on Psalm 98 and the verses point to the second coming of Jesus not the incarnation.
It tells us how earth will receive her King, that no more sin and sorrow grow and finally that HE rules the world with truth and grace!!! This is the HOPE we look forward to that started with the incarnation but is fulfilled when Jesus returns!!
I wish we sang this all year!!!!
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n, and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Savior 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.