Saturday, November 26, 2011

Three Great Christmas Songs

"...I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD," Psalm 27:6c.

     You can't go very far in the Bible without reading of those singing praises to God.  From Miriam to Mary(the Greek form of Miriam), from Exodus to Revelation, we see the Lord's people continually offering up their hearts to their Master.  In this Spirit, I offer up three tremendous, Christ exalting, Holy Day, Christmas songs and how meaningful they are to me.
     1)  These are in no particular order, but I'll start with O Holy Night.  I quickly get sick of all the non Christ exalting holiday garbage about dancing around Christmas trees and high beamed flying mammals or decking halls, whatever that is.  I can hear a faithful version of O Holy Night continuously from Thanksgiving till Christmas and never grow tired of it!  Oh, this song brings me to tears as we hear the chorus, "Fall on your knees, hear the angels voices, oh night divine, the night, that Christ was born!  This song touches all the bases and is not theologically light in the loafers. 
     2)  Hark the Herald Angels Sing is simply one cascading truth of Christ after another until you are overwhelmed with the truth of the Gospel and the glory of God.  There is almost everything you need to know about the Gospel, in an abbreviated format of course, in this amazing hymn.  Feast on this: "Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace!  Hail the Sun of righteousness!  Light and life to all he brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings.  Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.  Hark! the herald angels sing, 'Glory to the newborn King."  Staggering.  All of this in a 3 minute hymn.  Man, they don't write them like that too often.
     3)  My favorite newer song is Mary Did You Know.  This is kryptonite to the Catholic soul.   This is one of the most intensely personal songs yet not drippy in its sentiment like so many songs slip into.  Once again, this song is draped with staggering theological truths:  "Mary did you know that this child you delivered will soon deliver you?"  This one was not endorsed by the Pope for sure.  Even more: "The sleeping child you're holding is the great I Am."  An absolutely staggering picture of the the Incarnation, God coming as a man, even a little baby.  He condescended to become one of us so we could be one day have His righteousness imputed to us and God would see His beloved Son when He gazed at us!  He became one of us so the Father would see Him instead of us.  What a mystery, how amazing, it makes me hunger for Him!
    God bless you all and learn, live and love the Gospel.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris --

    I agree that these are great songs, and very solidly Protestant in their theology.

    Tim Keller