Joy to the World is one of my favorite Christmas carols, but did you know that it was not originally intended to be a Christmas song?  When Isaac Watts wrote it in the 1700’s, he was looking at Psalm 98 and thinking about how great it will be when the Lord fulfills all the promises he has made concerning our salvation.
In our world, broken and in need of healing, Psalm 98 is a great Advent prayer, and Joy to the World is a perfect song.
Psalm 98
 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
    he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
    let the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
Two good places to listen to Joy to the World