For me, it’s the ultimate Christmas hymn. And I’m not alone. As of the late 20th century, this was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. It was first published in 1719 by Isaac Watts, and was written as a poetic exposition of 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.
(Psalm 98 ESV)
I hope you have enjoyed reading The 25 Hymns of Christmas as much as I have enjoyed writing them, and that they have been a blessing to your Christmas season. Thanks for reading!