S – Song —> I grew up singing. As kids, we often requested song after song from my Dad, who must have known every song written from the 1930’s -1975. Road trips were family sing-alongs. The tradition continues with my kids. Our house is never silent, seriously. Music is a part of who we are. Christmas songs can pop up anytime of the year and no one thinks anything of it. But, during the last three months of the year, they are sung constantly, and with much gusto.
For many, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without music. Songs are a part of our celebration. There are fun songs about family, reindeer, and snow. And, of course, songs about Jesus. There are choirs, singing Christmas trees, and carolers all drawing us into the “spirit of Christmas.”
Music moves us. It stimulates our minds and stirs our emotions. It often stays in minds longer than just spoken words. Ancient peoples used music to pass history and stories down through generations. The Jewish people often sang the Psalms in worship. During Christmas time people are more receptive and we have opportunities to share God’s truth through music.
Hark the Herald Angels’ Sing reminds us who is lying in that manger. “Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord; . . . Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity.” Silent Night refers to Him as “love’s pure Light.” God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen reveals His purpose, “to save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray.” “Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the Cross be borne for me [and] for you,” is sung in What Child is This. The First Noel declares Creator God and Redeemer God as One. “Then let us all with one accord, sing praises to our heavenly Lord, [who] hath made heaven and earth of nought, And with His blood mankind hath bought.” Joy to World, Angels We have Heard on High, and many more communicate God’s love and His truth.
If we are intentional, we can share the entire gospel in song. Man’s sinful state that keeps us from God. Our need of redemption. God becoming man and dwelling among us. His sacrifice that provided our salvation. Our praise in response to who He is.
This season, look for those verses in song that tell the story of Christ and give Him praise.