It’s a Monday, and as trying as Mondays are, there is so much reason for rejoicing. For that reason alone I’ve selected Joy to the World for today’s song. English hymn writer Isaac Watts penned this hymn based on Psalm 98 about the second coming of Christ, not his birth. Yet, it has become a timeless “Christmas” song. For some reason, the song also makes me think of Easter. As a Christian, Christmas is all the more joyful because I know that Jesus Christ came as a baby, but with a mission to be the sacrifice that could redeem sinners. Without Easter, Christmas would lose it’s meaning.
Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King,
Let every heart prepare him room,
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.
No more let sin and sorrow 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.
And for purposes of comparison here is the KJV version of Psalm 98:
O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things; his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.