MONDAY, DECEMBER 17
“proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world”
1 Timothy 3:16 ESV
HARK THE HERALD
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley’s original opening couplet is “Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings”. (definition.net)
Hark in old English means listen or pay attention. Herald in the same language means an official messenger, someone about to announce some very important news. So, the song is encouraging us to listen, to pay attention to the very important message of the angels at the birth of Jesus. The angels proclaimed, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). After the shepherds heard the good news they went into Bethlehem and found Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child; all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them (Luke 2: 16-18).
One of the greatest privileges we have ever been given is the privilege of hearing the good news of Jesus being born to die for our sins. One of the wisest things we will ever do is to listen and pay attention to that message and allow it to change our lives. As we get ready for Christmas don’t forget to slow down and really think about the message. Thank God for the people who first shared Jesus with you. Think about how your response to that message is shaping your life and eternity.