“Joy to the World” is one of the most celebratory Christmas carols we sing. It emphasizes the elations that Christ’s birth brought to mankind. The carol was written by Isaac Watts and was originally titled “The Messiah’s Coming Kingdom.” It first appeared in 1719, was adapted by Lowell Mason, and used some of the phrases in “Handel’s Messiah” in 1742.
For centuries, hearts had yearned for God to reveal Himself personally. “Joy to the World” is a paraphrase of Psalm 98, which reminds us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth.” When God’s promise of a Savior was fulfilled in the birth of His Son, joy to the world exalts the Babe of Bethlehem. Be filled with rejoicing as we receive God’s Son, His gift to us.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King! Let’s listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman sing “Joy to the World”!
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