Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas music ponderings

I've been thinking about Christmas songs a lot.  Probably because Benjamin asks me to sing them very regularly and I have to know the words.  Then he stops me and asks what a word means. So I'm considering the words I'm singing much more than before!

And these words...  
The songs and music that fill our little ears at Christmas, they have echoed for years the glory of God through the birth of Jesus!  How can we miss this so easily?  How can these songs be such a habit to sing that the words just come out?  I've been trying desperately to sing these songs, not from memory... 
but as worship.

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angels voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born!"

"O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home;  
Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel."

"All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning,O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord."

Yes! It's Jesus -- The One the world waited and longed for!  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him. He is the Word.  He became flesh and from Him we have received grace. {see John 1} He came at just the right time.  He died for the ungodly. {see Romans 5} He rose again, victorious, conquering sin and death.  

He is our Comforter, our joy, our peace, our Shepherd. 

We aren't just celebrating the birth of our Savior.  We are celebrating His life and death. We are celebrating eternal life and freedom from sin -- all because God's plan was perfect and sovereign and good.  As you sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus this year or as you prepare to open gifts and enjoy your family, consider the Christ -- not just a baby in a manger, but the fullness of Him that has been revealed to {unworthy} us.  

He alone is worthy.  He alone is our salvation.  
Come! Let us adore this King, this mighty Fortress, our Savior! 

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