O Holy Night
I've always really loved the song O Holy Night. It's my favorite Christmas song and Christmas Eve just wouldn't be the same for me if I didn't hear it. It has always been a strong reminder of the gospel, God’s great love for humanity, God’s sovereignty, and the hope that we have that rests in Jesus.
I’ve always been particularly challenged by the line “Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth”. How many of us can relate to feeling unworthy? I know I certainly can. What a powerful life-changing reality, when Jesus enters in and the soul feels its worth. It has been life-changing for me anyway. Here is a recent version of the song that I came across that I love. If you have a few minutes. watch and listen. Consider the lyrics "Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth" over the next several days as we progress toward Christmas.
Or if you prefer here are the lyrics:
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth; Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;
Chorus Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices! 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: 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;
Chorus He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger! Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend! Behold your King! your King! before him bend! Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is Love and His gospel is Peace; Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, And in his name all oppression shall cease, Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we; Let all within us praise his Holy name!
Chorus Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we! His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim! His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!