Isaac Watts, a tremendously gifted Puritan preacher, pastor-theologian, songwriter, and poet was born today in 1674. This man of God, sometimes referred to as the “Father of English Hymnody,” produced many well-loved hymns such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?” and “Joy to the World.” Watts was a strong Puritan theologian and his hymns reflected his theological commitments to the greatness of God, the glory of Christ and the grace of the gospel. Charles Wesley is reported to have said that he would give all of his hymns to have written one like Watt’s, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.”
If I had a personal favorite among the hymns of Isaac Watts it must be O God Our Help In Ages Past.
Watts wrote books and poetry as well. Possibly his most well known book is Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth which is still in print and used today.
Here is a brief biographical video of a man whom God has used to bless His church in many ways.