“He Rules the World”

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I have an affinity for classic hymnody. One of my favorite, and one of the most prolific hymn writers is Isaac Watts. Ironically, one of his most familiar songs is known for something he didn’t intend.

“Our Christmas season would hardly seem complete without the singing of Joy to the World, the most joyous of the carols. Yet Isaac Watts, its author, never intended it to be a Christmas carol at all. Rather, it was a part of his Psalms of David Imitated, published in 1719, which contained paraphrases of many of the Psalms in New Testament language.”

Read the rest of the article here.

My favorite verse:

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.


3 thoughts on ““He Rules the World”

  1. What an interesting bit of Christmas trivia.

    I guess my favorite will always be O Holy Night.. it is so moving.. and I seem to need as much inspiration as I can get these days 🙂

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