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Joy to the World

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Published Date: 
December 19, 1998

Joy to the World is one of several "Christmas songs" which somewhat confuses the First Advent of Christ (called Christmas) with the Second Advent (His Second Coming).  Yet, what a joy these words are!  They were written by Isaac Watts--who, by the way, died about 250 years ago (November 25, 1748).  He first published the hymn in 1719.  It is written in Common Meter and was originally called The Messiah's Coming and Kingdom .  The hymn is based on the last half of the 98th Psalm.  Although this psalm is about the coming kingdom of Christ on earth, much application to the first coming of Christ can be made in the first three verses.

The words of the hymn are usually sung exactly as they were originally written.  The four verses are also the original number of verses.  Since you can easily find the words to Joy to the World , I decided to write my own hymn based on the words of Psalm 98.  My poetry, in no way, comes close to the beauty of Watts and it is definitely not a "Christmas song".  However, it is written in Common Meter and it is my personal expression of praise to God.  Perhaps, it will be a blessing to someone. It can actually be sung to the tune of Joy to the World .

Before the Lord Rejoice! (Psalm 98)
Sing unto God a song that's new;            (Psalm 98:1)
What marvels He has done!
With mighty works and holy arm,
The victory He has won.
Salvation's way has been made plain;        (Psalm 98:2)
The veil has been removed.
The entrance of each Gentile tribe,
By God has been approved.
God gives to Abram's chosen seed,          (Psalm 98:3)
His mercy and His truth.
Yet every land may feast upon,
Salvation's holy fruit.
Make joyful noise unto the Lord,             (Psalm 98:4)
In every hill and vale.
Rejoice and sing a song of praise;
Be sure to sing it well.
Play skillfully upon the harp,                (Psalm 98:5-6)
And sing with human voice.
Then blow the trumpet loud and clear;
Before the Lord rejoice!
Let ocean add its mighty roar;              (Psalm 98:7-8)
The world take up the song;
The waters clap their liquid hands;
The hills will join the throng.
The Lord--He comes to judge the earth,   (Psalm 98:9)
With truth and righteousness.
Forever to bring peace to man;
Forever to bring peace to man;
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.