Joy to the World

Joy to the World is one of the most beloved Christmas hymns worldwide and is one of my personal favorites.

I took a few moments the other day to do a Google search regarding the origin of this song and was not only amazed at what I found, but what I learned about myself.

I learned that despite thinking of myself as someone who pays attention to the lyrics of songs as I sing them, that I’m not always that type of person. Joy to the World is one example of this.

Because we sing this song at Christmastime I automatically assumed that the song lyrics bring in elements of the Christmas story as well as paint a picture of the joy of Christmas. I couldn’t be further from the truth. Go ahead and read through the song lyrics below and then I’ll give you a link to follow that leads to a page that gives some background to the song that will most likely communicate truths that you haven’t thought of before.

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

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.

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
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Now that you have the song lyrics fresh in your mind, go ahead and click here to learn more about this great song. The great thing about what you’ll learn, at least from my perspective, is that the song is a perfect advent song that goes well with the theme of waiting for the return of Christ. Enjoy!

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