Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Joy to the World"

This week's hymn continues in the Advent trend with a popular hymn by prolific hymnwriter Isaac Watts, who lived in the 17th century in England. Watts wrote many hymns and songs based directly on passages of scripture. This one is based on Psalm 98.

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.

Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
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.

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

Isaac Watts

The coming of Christ is indeed a joyous occasion. Let all the earth rejoice in knowing that we have a Savior who dwells among us, even in the darkest of days. Let us take comfort in knowing that He does indeed rule the world with truth and grace.

Be blessed and shine with joy!

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1 comment:

  1. Joy to the World is one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols. Thanks for sharing the story behind the song (:


A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word! -Prov 15:23