Issac Watts wrote this song basing it upon Psalm 98 this was when most songs sung in the Church of England were the psalms put to music.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The LORD has made known His salvation; 2 His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; 3 All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; 4 Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the LORD with the harp, 5 With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; 6 Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, 7 The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; 8 Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, For He is coming to judge the earth. 9 With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.
Watts wanted to show the joy that would happen at the return of the Lord Jesus not his birth and it was with this in mind that he wrote these lyrics:
Joy to the World
Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy
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.
He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love.
Later Lowell Mason adapted some music to Watt’s lyrics, some think from Handel’s Comfort He My People, to what we currently sing today. It is unknown when this song started to be sung during Christmas time.
Today’s Earworm is by Jeremy Camp off of his Christmas album. Please enjoy.