Monday, August 07, 2006

Joy To The World (Psalm 98)

If you love the hymns of Isaac Watts, you may also appreciate the Psalms that he put in Metre so they could be sung. There is one you probably already know by heart - and that is Psalm 98, which has been retitled Joy To The World.

Joy To The World
Psalm 98 - Part Two

The Messiah's coming and kingdom.

1 Joy to the world; the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy.

3 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.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love.

If you love poetry or solid Scripture-based songs, you will truly appreciate Watt's Psalms Of David In Metre. At the previous link, you will also find the Psalms Of David In Metre for the Church of Scotland Hymnary. If you love reading the story behind the hymns and hymnswriters, be sure to read the following articles: Introduction, and Make It Better.

Last but not least, if you have the SwordSearcher Bible program, you can download these Psalms in two book modules for that program - makes for easy reading and bookmarking (as well as copy/pasting, if desired):

The Psalms Of David In Metre by Isaac Watts
The Psalms Of David In Metre for the Church Of Scotland Hymnary

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