Read Psalm 89:1-52. What’s your favourite carol? Have you sung it yet this Christmas?
I have so many, it’s difficult to pick just one. But this year, I have been struck once again by the words of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear:
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold,
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.
Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876)
Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 135015
Copied from The Song Book of The Salvation Army Song Number 111
It speaks of so much hope and peace in a world that seems hopeless and conflicted so often.
Why are Christmas carols so popular? It’s because they are an accessible way for us to express the wonder of God’s love. All of us can sing (well, make a noise, at least!). So since the earliest of times, humans have sung their love to God. As the psalmist says:
Psalm 89:1 NLT
I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Can you hear the psalmist’s heart as it opens wide to God? Can you sense the fervency and devotion?
Let’s be so amazed by God’s love this Christmas that it gives an extra polish to our carol singing! If you haven’t sung your love to God yet this Christmas, or you haven’t sung your favourite carol yet this year, it’s not too late. Go to a carol service, or find one on radio, television or online and sing your heart to God.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• Which line in your favourite Christmas carol best expresses your love for God this Christmas?