Joy to the World was written by Isaac Watts in 1719, and is now one of our most popular modern carols. It’s so wonderful that many of these songs continue to be loved for hundreds of years. How could we not sing Joy to the World at Christmas? And I hope we keep singing it until the King returns.
This is a great follow up to yesterday’s song. Yesterday was about yearning, today is about the joy of a world whose Savior has now come. Remember the waiting, the preparing, and the foreshadowing of the Old Testament? The longing for a forever king? Now the whole earth heralds his arrival! Remember the curse, which contained a hidden promise? Now the Son of God – the seed of Adam – has lifted our curse! Now we experience the blessing of His righteous rule in our hearts. And a day is coming, soon enough, when we will see our King face to face. Now we hope in what we cannot see, but on that day we will see. Oh Savior, reign!
Scriptures to consider:
“…Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;..” Genesis 3:17b-18a
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ – so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33
Words by Isaac Watts (1719); tune by George Frideric Handel (1742)
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 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.