World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy!
Isaac Watts wrote a book on logic and 750 hymns, including “Joy to the World.” That’s my kind of person! Lucid logic for seeing truth, and a living soul for feeling it and singing it. This is what we were created to be.
Watts wrote “Joy to the World” as Part Two of a meditation on Psalm 98. His title was: “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Most agree he was writing about the second coming of Christ, not Christmas.
But it’s not that simple.
Past, Present, and Future
To be sure, Psalm 98:8–9 says, “Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lᴏʀᴅ, for he comes to judge the earth.” He is coming to judge. This corresponds to Watt’s “While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, / Repeat the sounding joy.”
But there’s more. The song is indeed…