Psalms, Anthems, Hymns, Soaking Music…each written to proclaim some aspect of the gospel. They inspire us. They lead us into a time of prayer and fellowship with God. They point to Christ. They are a medium of celebration as we reflect on His goodness, His gift. They connect us.
Christmas Carols like…
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” – “Angels We Have Heard on High” – “Joy to the World” – “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” – “Silent Night” – “Away in a Manger” – “Angels from the Realms of Glory” – “The First Noel” – “Go Tell it on the Mountain”
…tell of the angel’s good news of the birth of Christ.
We celebrate the incarnation, Emmanuel “God with us,” the miraculous conception, the fulfilled promise. We celebrate God’s great love, and the humility of Christ’s birth. We revel in the warmth they bring.
As we sing these songs, let us also consider the four original nativity songs found in Luke’s narration of Christ’s birth, Mary’s song of praise (the Magnificat), Zechariah’s blessing (the Benedictus), the angelic birth announcement (Gloria in Excelsis Deo), and Simeon’s blessing (Nunc Dimittis)
These four songs together portray Christ and His redemptive work. They help connect Christ and the New Covenant to the Old Testament.
Learn the stories and characters in the songs and connect their story to your life. Allow them to become personal.
Perhaps…just perhaps they will bring you a joy and comfort and hope.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy of music and song and the peace that stirs within our souls as we reflect upon the words of the songs of the season. In Christ’s name – Amen.