Joy To The World (Hymn)

Joy To The World
Isaac Watts (1719)

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.

I thought I would use this hymn, written by Isaac Watts, as the first hymn of a new year because it is usually used as a Christmas song, which it is technically not.  When it was written, Watts was writing about the Lord’s “Second Coming”, not His first coming.  In some ways, you can apply the song either way, but it really does deal with His future coming.  The Bible tells us that we should be watching and waiting for His return and that we should “love His appearing.”  It really will be a glorious day when He returns and that is a wonderful thought for the New Year!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Looking forward to His second coming!

    Thanks for sharing this background information. (I’ll be passing on this link.)



  2. Great New Year’s hymn, Ben! And thank you for looking into it being written not so much as a Christmas song. I didn’t know that before. God bless you and your hymn Sundays!


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