Have you ever wondered as these words melodically came out of your mouth…”What the heck am I saying?” I remember thinking that as a very young adult. I had sung Angels we have heard on high about a gazillion times, but I still didn’t know what I was saying.
These wonderful words are in the beautiful language of latin and they mean, “Glory to God in the highest!” Yes, wonderful words indeed.
Christmas hymn’s are not for the faint of heart, as most of them are thick with theological truth about the virgin birth and incarnation of the Savior. They tell a most glorious story about the Lord we love. Lyrics like…
“Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, Here come the wise men from Orient land. The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend.” ~ O Holy Night
“O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free, Thine own from Satan’s tyranny, From depths of Hell Thy people save, And give them victory o’er the grave, Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel.” ~ O Come O Come Emmanuel
We sing these words on autopilot each year by memory. The tunes riddled with our own baggage from years past. They have lost their weight because we never really knew they where weighty to begin with. Just words to melodies we are tired of hearing at the market.
But if we listen closely. Very closely. These words could give life. Life in the midst of the confusion of the holiday’s. They could help clear the fogginess that can easily over-take the season. They could, if we let them, allow some praise in our day.
Christian’s, let us never forget to worship. Like the magi who travelled a far off distance to lay their gifts at the feet of a toddler King. May we also bring a gift of remembrance to the Priest of Priests (Frankinsence), King of Kings (Gold), and ultimate sacrificial Lamb (Myrrh). Let us always rejoice in hearing music that exult’s our Lord Jesus Christ. Even song’s we’ve heard a thousand times. Sing them loudly. Glory to God in the highest! for the Lord deserves our most joyful and abundant-of-heart praise.
I do wish all of you a worship-filled Christmas and a most enjoyable New year! May your holiday’s be spent with those you love as you celebrate our most precious, humble King!