“Hark, The Herald Angel Sings” – Thinking About That Song
So many songs in my history have been just that, songs that we sang about the Glory of God and about that anticipated arrival of the baby Jesus. Honestly, a lot of the language in these old classics were lost to me in some degree, until I decided to prepare a some songs for our Sunday service. The words to “Hark, The Herald Angel Sings”, just jumped out of the song book at me. I decided maybe it was time or me to look into what the title of the song really meant. So away I went to the dictionary (pretty elementary, I know), and guess what I found out? The title of the song literally means “Listen Attentively…an Angel that carries important news is singing.” After all of my years of singing the song I had never thought much about what the title meant. The Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verses 8-14 delivers the account of what the angels actually sang.
So many years of waiting for the prophecy of a Savior to fulfilled and finally it has happened. What are the words that God chooses to speak through this Heavenly Angel? Glory to God, Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Men. Well, the question is “Do you need a little Peace?” “Do you need a little good will?” Isn’t it interesting that God sent His messengers to do 3 Things; 1)Give Glory To God, 2)Tell the World that the Savior has come to bring peace on earth, 3)And remind them that God is FOR THEM… not against them.
So what are we being called to do this Christmas Season? It seems that we are to give Glory To God by being keepers, even purveyors of peace, and Heralds of the good news that all is not lost, that there is hope, and His Name is JESUS… Oh, and just in case you’ve ever heard anything to the contrary, HE IS FOR YOU! So go tell the world! Be the messenger. Be the Hope… to a lost and dying world… And Give all the Glory to God.
Pastor Guy Kelly