Joy is mentioned 162 times in the Holy Bible. So much joy to share! Not the least of which is the joy of Jesus birth, the real reason for the season! ♫♫Joy to the World the Lord hath come, Let earth receive her King!♫♫ As a child, I learned about God from my earliest years-singing Christmas Carols about the Lord's birth. What a blessing!
JOY TO THE WORLD
The words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol 'Joy to the World' were written in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Joy to the World is a popular Christmas carol which is based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. The father of John Watts was a Non-conformist and so extreme were his views that he was imprisoned twice.
His father's influence over Isaac was demonstrated when he chose to attend Non-conformist Academy at Stoke Newington in preference to a University. Watts was ordained as a Pastor of an Independent congregation.
He wrote many hymns and Carols and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the the University of Edinburgh in 1728. The music to the carol is by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
JOY TO THE WORLD
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world, 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.
Wonders of his Love, what a beautiful phrase! God's love is never-ending, so all-enveloping, so warm and giving that we are never without it even in our darkest hours. Bask in it, embrace it. Open your heart to it and God will bless you o'er and o'er!