Author: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Living in South Hampton England, and from a very early age, Isaac had a love and passion for verse, rhyme, poetry, and music, which eventually led him on a journey to later be known as the "Father of English Hymnody" with over 600 hymns to his name. Many of them you may not know, but some you may, like "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross", "I Sing the Mighty Power of God", and perhaps one of his most popular hymns during Christmas season, "Joy to the World."
Story behind: "Joy to the World"
While reflecting and meditating on Psalms 98, Isaac Watts was moved and inspired to write "Joy to the World." A hymn that celebrated the second coming of Christ to earth. We hear it in the lyrics when "the Savior reigns" and when "He rules the world with truth and grace." It was obvious that Watts longed for that glorious day when the nations (will) prove the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise,
and rejoice, and sing praise. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills
be joyful together. Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth; with righteousness
shall he judge the world, and the people with equity." - Psalms 98:4, 8-9
You may be asking yourself, if "Joy to the World" has everything to do with the second coming of Christ and nothing to do with the Christmas story, then why do we sing it during the month of December? Here is something for us to keep in mine this holiday season, there couldn't have been a second coming unless there had been a first coming.