Ok... It’s confession time.
I’m not a big fan of Christmas Music. There it is. I’ve said it. Whew....
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a big music guy. I love to sing. I love to listen to Music. I’ve got a huge music collection. And, I’m a huge fan of Christmas. I love all that Christmas is and all its happenings.
However, when it comes to Christmas Music, I tend to be more Bah Humbug than Ho, Ho, Ho.
I think it’s because I associate it with Christmas Retail. Now a days especially, it seems, the retailers are setting up for Christmas even before Halloween. So, it seems to take the special away... at least for me.
Also, when I turn the radio on, I’d like to hear my favorite music not necessarily my favorite artists singing old “Christmas Carols”. However, I don’t mind new, original Christmas songs by my favorite artists.
Ok. now that that rant is over... I’m going to contradict myself a bit.
I love Christmas Music.
That is, if it’s my choice and my timing. Or if I allow it to seep into my soul. Suddenly, I’m singing the old stand by’s and I don’t even realize it. Suddenly, the Christmas Spirit is filling me with Emmanuel, Mary Did You Know, Silent Night, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, etc. and so on. And the next thing you know, I’m singing and praising and worshiping.
And that brings me to the lesson of the moment: That’s how it should be with God’s Word. We should allow it to seep into our very soul and permeate our very being to where it just flows out from us in our speech and our actions.
And that’s how it should be with His praises. Songs of praise should flow from our lips from our soul. Words of praise and worship so filling us that it can’t help but escape. Our hearts thankful for all that He is. Our bodies sore afraid from the thought of his awesomeness and His glory. So filled that praise spills out and overflows and we can’t help but praise.
As Christmas approaches, let’s stop for a moment and remember the birth of the Child born to be Savior of the World. The Child who become a man, but not any ordinary man. A man that lived a holy, sinless life. A man that is Son of God and Son of man. A man who lived and died and lived again so that we might have life, might be forgiven, might one day be with Him in heaven. A Child like no other child who grew to be a man like no other man. Jesus, the One who saves His people from their sin. Emmanuel, God with us.
As Christmas approaches. Let’s take the opportunity to sing His praises. To sing of His greatness. To sing to the King of kings and Lord of lords. To sing to the Savior of the world.
Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem
O clap your hands, all peoples;
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
For the Lord Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
He subdues peoples under us
And nations under our feet.
He chooses our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.
God has ascended with a shout,
The Lord, with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits on His holy throne.
The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham,
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is highly exalted.” - Psalm 47 NASB