¬† The holiday season, for many of us, is a joyful time.¬† One of the things I like most about this time of year is the singin of Christmas carols, which is what I'm discussing here the next several weeks.¬†
¬† The poet Isaac Watts must have felt that same joy as well.¬† Watts, an Englishman, is the one who is credited with penning the words of "Joy To The World" in the early 1700's.¬† George Mason, an American teacher and choir director, arranged the music for the hymn in the mid-1800's, taking some of the musical phrases from the composer George Frederick Handel.¬† Mason wrote several other hymns, including "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross".¬†
¬† The words of Joy To The World are based on Psalm 98 in the Old Testament, particularly verses 4-9.¬† Verse 4 says, "break forth into¬†joyous song ¬†and sing praises.¬† The refrain, "let Heaven and nature sing" refers to the waters, creatures, and the hills (verses 7 and 8).¬† Verse 9 refers to th Lord coming to "judge the world with righteousness".¬†
¬† For those who believe in the true meaning of Christmas, that Jesus was born and is our Savior, this time of year brings lots of joy.¬†
¬† Enjoy the music!