Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Saturated Second Stanza

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What in the world is he taking about with that title? Saturated Second Stanza. Read on and I will explain...
I love music, and I love Christmas. Therefore, I really love the music of Christmas.

Old Christmas Hymns, modern Christmas worship songs, and rearranged old Christmas Hymns with new choruses and bridges. To a musician, Christmas music is heavenly!

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Hark The Herald Angels Sing, first published by Charles Wesley in 1739. It is full of rich lyric and melody.

Hidden in the second verse is one of the most profound grouping of words that I have ever encountered in a song:
  • Christ, by highest heaven adored (the greatest in heaven worship Jesus)
  • Christ, the everlasting Lord (Jesus is eternal, Jesus is Lord)
  • Late in time behold Him come (Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophet's words)
  • Offspring of a virgin’s womb (Jesus was miraculously conceived)
  • Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity (Jesus is fully man, yet fully God)
  • Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Immanuel (Jesus willingly became a man to dwell among us)
  • Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King (the angels declare Jesus' birth)
I hope you will take the time to "sing" through the second stanza above and meditate on the profound truths that seep through the lyrics. It truly is a Saturated Second Stanza.

Question? Have you listened to the words that you sing in Christmas songs? What do you hearShare your thoughts below in 'comments'.

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