"Joy to the World"


The hymn "Joy to the World" was originally written as a poem based upon the 98th Psalm. Psalm 98:4 reads "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise". Isaac Watts, a minister who lived from 1674 to 1748, would be surprised to find that his poem has become one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time. Later a famous hymn writer, Lowell Mason, took the poem and adapted music written by George Friedrich Handel to become the joyful song of praise. It is also of interest that the song is not really a Christmas song, but rather a song of joy based upon the second coming of Christ, when Christ would reign in the world.

O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.



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Beethoven said of Handel, "He is the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel before his tomb."



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