The Advent of our King our prayers must now employ, and we must hymns of welcome sing in strains of holy joy.
That’s the very first verse of the very first Advent hymn in our hymnal. Maybe you have never paid much attention to these songs, but since so many verses of the Bible that announce the coming of God’s Son tell us that we ought to sing and shout, maybe we should look at some of our Advent songs.
“Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here your home! Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.”
The entire earth ought to marvel, be in amazement, at what God has done!
“Once he came in blessing, all our sins redressing…”
It was not physical gifts he brought us. But he came to repay our debt.
“O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright?”
I know a woman who met her mother for the first time. She thought long and hard about what that meeting would be like. How will you meet Jesus? Do you picture that happy day?
“O bride of Christ, rejoice, exultant raise thy voice…”
This song is based on our first lesson for next Sunday. Some of you can remember the joy of being a bride. Can you see yourself as the one whom Jesus comes to make his own?
“Lo! He comes with clouds descending…”
This hymn is heavy and powerful. Jesus doesn’t just come with happiness, but with great power and majesty. How can you prepare?
“The night will soon be ending; the dawn cannot be far. Let songs of praise ascending now greet the Morning Star!”
Does your night time seem long? Some dark days never seem to end. But we know that Jesus is our Morning Star, and he shines the light that drives out darkness.
Perhaps today is a day for singing something besides White Christmas.