Hearing and Believing the Words We Sing

My friend Elizabeth wants us to hear and believe the words we’re singing this Christmas:

In these next days, many of us will join to sing familiar carols and hymns, such as “Hark the Herald” (for short). Perhaps you, like me and my kids, began to listen to the All-Christmas stations the day after Thanksgiving. What strikes me as so very odd is how songs rich in the theology and good news of the gospel are played over and over again on radio, in stores, in Christmas programs. The good news that Christ the Savior King came to dwell in flesh is getting airtime bigtime!

There’s just one problem – at least, for me, perhaps for you, perhaps for others who hear these songs. We can dully repeat the words or even sing them with verve without ever thinking about what we are proclaiming. Because we are singing amazing words, and because hearing and believing what we are singing can change how we view and see our lives, I’m going to highlight just a few. I have three favorite Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” In the next few days I’m going to look at some of the words of these three favorites and also offer you some more resources if you’re interested in doing further study.

Read the rest here.

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