“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exalt over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing!” – Isaiah 49:13
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…” – Luke 2:13
“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying…” – Revelation 5:8,9
The Christmas story is a story of a God who sings! God loves music and loves to hear His creation sing! I wouldn’t doubt it if He sang the first words in Genesis 1, “Let there be light!” Music has always been an integrated part of the creation and always important to the worship of God. The pictures we have of heaven in Scripture always include loud concerted voices praising God and singing new songs. David would frequently challenge us to “Sing unto the LORD a new song!”
So, it should be no surprise that music is a big part of the Christmas celebration. In fact, it has been said that Christmas music has a category all its own. A melody that brightens the soul. When we sing “Silent Night” or “Joy To The World” it goes deeper than the mere written word.
The verse from Zephaniah above states that God Himself sings over us. One can only dream of what that must sound like or even feel like to have the composer of every tune ever written sing over you. Wow! Our God is a God who sings.
Angels we have heard on High
Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains; and the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song? Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Come to Bethlehem, and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
See Him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
-Traditional French Carol
So, I hope that you will sing this Christmas! Sing to the Lord a new song…sing an old song…just sing!