Why Do We Sing Joy To The World?

My favorite Christmas Hymn and one that should be sung all year around as far as I’m concerned, Is Joy To The World. Isaac Watts quotes Psalm 96:1-13, 98:1-9 in this Hymn. There is some people who think it’s about His second coming and it probably is.

What is so great about this hymn is the third stanza. Here we see Christ’s blessing as far as the curse is found. This is not found in the Psalms, but it’s obvious that Isaac Watts is seeing this through the lens of the New Testament.

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.

What about God’s curse?

Genesis 3:17 says…. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Paul says “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” Romans 8:19-22

You see without third stanza there can not be Joy!

Jesus came to save His people from their sin Matthew1:21. We were dead in our trespasses and sin Ephesians 2:1. He will come back to claim what is rightly His! Colossians 1:16-18 tells us Jesus is sovereign over everything!

“There is not a square inch in a whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine Mine Mine!” Abraham Kuyper

You take the third verse out and you have nothing to be joyful about. Where is the unspeakable joy? But He did come and dwell among us John 1:14 and He did accomplish His Father will and He did defeat death, the curse and sin! He did rise from the dead, He was ascended to the right hand of the Father and He will come back again to claim what is His! Revelation 16:15-17, 17:14. Matthew 25:31-33

Now if we can only get the contemporary version of Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) to add it, because it’s not there!

So this Christmas season let’s remember one thing!

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.

That’s why we sing Joy To The World!

Because the Lord has come and He will most certainly come again!

And that’s a beautiful thing!

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