O Come, Let Us Worship

I hope you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving. Can you believe it’s December?

I confess I’ve been humming carols for weeks. In truth, I hum carols year-round. Not because I want Christmas every day, but because the carols I sing tell the good news of Jesus Christ! How can I not love them?

Yesterday, I awoke with “O Come All Ye Faithful” playing on repeat. It’s one of my favorite Christmas carols because it invites us to come and worship just like that night long ago.

It’s one of my favorite Christmas carols because it invites us to come and worship just like that night long ago. @GailJohnson87

The Invitation

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:8-14).

Don’t you just love those scriptures? I do. Because when I read them, a joy stirs within me! A joy that goes beyond the silver and gold decorations. It isn’t found in the holly and ivy, the mistletoe, or lights. If you’re looking for it among the tree limbs, you’re looking in the wrong place. This joy is found only in the Light of the World. He is our joy. And He deserves our worship.

Because when I read them, a joy stirs within me! A joy that goes beyond the silver and gold decorations. It isn’t found in the holly and ivy, the mistletoe, or lights. @GailJohnson87

Let’s take a look at O Come, All Ye Faithful by John Francis Wade.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

 
 O come, all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant!
 O come, ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
 Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
  
 Refrain: O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
  
 Sing, choir of angels, sing in exultation
 Sing, all ye citizen of heav'n above:
 "Glory to God, glory in the highest!" [Refrain]
  
 O Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
 Jesus to Thee be all glory giv'n;
 Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! [Refrain] 

Are you faithful? Joyful? Triumphant? O come, let us adore Him together!

I hope this version by Celine Dion and choir reminds you of the true reason for this season.

O Come All Ye Faithful

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2:20

History:
Words attributed to John F. Wade
Translated from Latin to English by Fredrick Oakley (verses 1-3 & 6) and William T. Brooke (verses 4-5)
Music Adeste Fideles attributed to John Wade, John Reading, Simao Portogallo, and King John IV of Portugal Wikipedia.com Cyberhymnal.org

Favorite Line:
O come let us adore Him.

Reflection:
Adore means to pay divine honor to; worship

Faithful is defined as true to one’s word, steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: reliable. Dictionary.com

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:15-18

When told of His birth, the shepherds didn’t hesitate but rushed to Bethlehem and worshiped the newborn King. So moved by their experience, they didn’t allow it to remain in the four walls of the stable but told everyone they met. And the people marveled.

Today, we have the privilege to worship the Lord anytime, any place, anywhere. We are so blessed. There is much to praise Him for. Let us not hesitate to give God the glory for the marvelous gift of His Son, our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord. Come, let us adore Him for He alone is worthy to be praised! Let us tell everyone we meet of His goodness and mercies.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11