December 18, 2016

Joy to the World

Passage: Psalm 98

Christmas carols are some of the richest songs ever written. Some date back potentially to Christ, while Joy to the World, written in 1719 by Isaac Watts, is just coming up on 300 years old and is now the most published hymn in North America. Though this song was never intended to be a Christmas carol, all Scripture is about Jesus, and so it found its way home for the holidays. Watts was studying Psalm 98:4ff when he wrote it, and the tune is often attributed to Lowell Mason who introduced it as “arranged from Handel”.

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