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Joy to the World!

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Make a joyful noise to the Lord; all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”
–Psalm 98:4

In my home, I have a clock that plays a Christmas carol at the stroke of each hour. I had forgotten that I had not taken the clock down when I boxed away all my Christmas decorations in January. And I must have become so used to the hourly carol that I no longer noticed…That is until early Easter morning. I was getting ready to go to church for the sunrise service when for whatever reason I heard a Christmas carol playing at 5:00 am! It was Joy to the World. I stopped for a moment and listened and offered a prayer of thanks that I noticed that song on Easter morning.

Joy to the World is traditionally a popular Christmas carol. But the words are appropriate on Easter Day and now in the season of Easter, known as the Great 50 Days, which continues until the Day of Pentecost, which this year is Sunday, June 4th. The first line of each verse tells of the glory of Christ’s living presence and God’s faithfulness, which is what we celebrate during Easter. Verse one begins, “Joy to the world! The Lord is come…;” verse two says, “Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns…;” verse three tells us, “No more let sins and sorrows grow…;” and verse four reminds us that, “God rules the world with truth and grace….”

Hymn writer Isaac Watts composed the words to Joy to the World in 1719 as a hymn to celebrate God’s faithfulness and to glorify Christ’s triumphant return.

Whenever we hear or sing this wonderful hymn, may we be thankful for the wonders of God’s love.