Joy to the World
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)