O Holy Night

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Have to admit: this is definitely in my top 3 favorite Christian Christmas songs. Each year I hear it there are different truths I hear and remember. Here is my favorite rendition of it. And here is my second fave. With that last one, the cool thing, so many of those on the video are worshiping Jesus around His throne this Christmas).
So, here we go…

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining; (I love how God made even the stars to glorify Him)
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! (How dear is Christ to me really? Do I really know Him to be my only Savior?)
Long lay the world in sin and error pining, (What does pining mean? to lose vigor, health, or flesh (as through grief), to yearn intensely and persistently especially for something unattainable. And oh, how I do that. I persist in sin when I know Christ is better).
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, (Sin is very tiring and exhausting)
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! (This is the immediate necessary response to seeing Jesus.)
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. (Do we readily admit/recognize that Jesus came in human form. Dr. Moore just wrote a great post on this: So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger, (Really, Jesus, the Name Above all Names, King of Kings…born in a dirty manger? Andrew Peterson’s Labor of Love tells this beautifully)In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger. (The Bible tells us He knows all of our struggles, He is our great High Priest, our Perfect Sacrifice.)Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another; (If we name Christ…this should be evident in our lives)
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother (I am in such bondage, without Christ. Why do I continue to live in the bondage with Christ?)And in His Name all oppression shall cease. (Help me, Jesus, to know the power of your name over all my temptations)Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name! (Worship should be 100% of us: dancing, singing, joyfully rejoicing)
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever! (one day, everyone will bow. This side of eternity effects the other side of eternity.)
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

So…how do you celebrate Christmas? Everyone has a thought on this. I’ve read some that are depressing and some that are grand. After working retail for many years at the holidays, it is very hard for me to celebrate Christmas at home. But…I love focusing on the gospel. The gospel that Christ came to earth in the man, Jesus. This holiday is His. This holiday isn’t mine. This holiday isn’t mine to get and give gifts. This holiday is His. How will I celebrate when (if ever) I get married and have kids? I don’t know. But, it is something to think about.
May you celebrate well, this O Holy Night.

4 Responses

  1. Laura Carroll

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing is my favorite Christmas song in the world. Every verse is filled with Scripture and Christ centered! I can’t get over it 🙂

    As I’ve matured in faith, Christmas time has become more and more meaningful. I love the Gospel, love the incarnation, love the whole ‘Great Romance of Redemption’ as Chip called it! So I celebrate with family, do the traditional things, sing lots of songs, give/get presents… 🙂 but now it really is about Jesus, not about the presents as it used to be in my childhood. Praise the Lord!

    Here are the wonderful lyrics:

    1. Hark! The Herald Angels sing,
    “Glory to the new-born King;
    Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled!”
    Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
    Join the triumph of the skies.
    With th’ Angelic Hosts proclaim,
    “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new-born King.”

    2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
    Christ, the everlasting lord
    Late in time behold Him come,
    Off-spring of a Virgin’s womb
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
    Hail, the incarnate deity
    Pleased as Man with men to dwell,
    Jesus, our Emmanuel.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

    3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace,
    Hail, the Sun of Righteousness
    Light and life to all He brings,
    Risen with healing in His Wings.
    Now He lays His Glory by,
    Born that man no more may die
    Born to raise the sons of earth,
    Born to give them second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

    4. Come, Desire of nations come,
    Fix in us Thy humble home;
    Oh, to all Thyself impart,
    Formed in each believing heart!
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new-born king;
    Peace on earth and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled!”
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

    5. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
    Stamp Thine image in its place:
    Second Adam from above,
    Reinstate us in Thy love.
    Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
    Thee, the Life, the inner man:
    O, to all Thyself impart,
    Formed in each believing heart.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

  2. Erin

    This is my favorite too. Everytime I sing it, it is such a worshipful experience. Praise God!