1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing.
2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy.
3 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.
4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love.
|First Line:||Joy to the world! the Lord is come!|
|Title:||Joy to the World|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 3:17-18; Psalm 96; Psalm 98:4-9; Isaiah 52:7-10; Isaiah 55:12-13; Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 24:14; Luke 2:10-11; Romans 5:20; Galatians 3:13; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 22:3|
|Topic:||Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign|
|Composer:||Thomas Haweis (1792 c.)|
|Adapter:||Samuel Webbe Jr. (1808)|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: ANTIOCH, 134)|
While Isaac Watts did not write this text strictly for Christmas use, he did purposely cast his paraphrase of Psalm 98:4–9 in Christian terms, titling it “The Messiah’s coming and kingdom.” So “the Lord” here is Jesus Christ, rather than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|