Monday, December 14, 2009

Joy To The World

Shout to the Lord, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy and sing! Psalm 98:4 HCSB

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing… Isaac Watts*

Isaac Watts began writing hymn lyrics when he was a teenager. While he was still young, Isaac became an ordained minister. Sadly, Isaac’s hopes to be married were shattered when Elizabeth Singer, to whom he had proposed, responded by saying, “If only I could say that I loved the casket (case) as much as I loved the jewel it contained.” Later, Isaac was forced to resign his position because of health problems. Instead of diving into depression, Isaac set out to write a series of poems bases on the Psalms. As a part of this collection, Isaac wrote the lyrics to Joy to the World! based on Psalm 98. The classic song is still, after 300 hundred years, loved by both the sacred and secular communities alike.

Lord, when all seems lost, help us to worship You with joy as we continue to serve You with all that we have.

*Joy To The World

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