Joy to the World!
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
It might surprise you to know that when Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World,” he wasn’t thinking of Christmas. He had been studying Psalm 98 and contemplating the millennial reign of Christ. When Jesus comes again, He will establish a thousand-year reign on earth, and heaven and nature will sing. Fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains will repeat the sounding joy. Only during the Millennium, which comes after the second advent of Christ, will the words to “Joy to the World” really be fulfilled. The Millennium will be an earthly foretaste of the New Heavens and New Earth, which will be our eternal home.
If you want to know what the Millennium will be like, read passages like Revelation 20 and Isaiah 11. This is earth’s future. When you hear now of wars and rumors of war, and when you despair over the coarsening of society, and when you worry about global issues, remember: He will come to make His blessings flow as far as the curse is found — a joy for earth and a foretaste of heaven.
He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.