Summary: Meditation for November 25, 2007 singspiration.
This is the season of the song. What holiday, other than perhaps Easter, do we celebrate and remember with so much singing? Christmas carols and songs are a part of this holiday season. What would Christmas be like without the classic carols, “Silent Night” or” Away In A Manger?” Or the traditional favorites like “I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas,” or a song about a famous reindeer, “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer?”
We look forward to the annual kids program because the heartiness with which they sing means a great deal to us. Our bell choir is also a looked forward to group because of the richness of their music.
In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth, angelic praise, which I think we can call singing, is a part of the story.
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!
The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.
Also in Luke’s account we read of Mary singing for joy after she is told that the baby she will carry is the promised Messiah who will ‘save his people from their sins.’
“Oh, how I praise the Lord.
How I rejoice in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation
will call me blessed.
For he, the Mighty One, is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him.”
Over the centuries we have praised the Lord not only in prayer but also in song. The Bible, as we know, is filled with songs; songs of praise, songs of deliverance, songs of hope, and even songs of grief and sadness.
Music, as we know, is a powerful, powerful thing. And the songs that we have sung this morning are powerful and important songs.
They are songs that remind us of the greatness of our God, of His power, of His love, of His care, of His salvation.