Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

In the run up to Christmas we will undoubtedly hear many carols, either on the radio, on TV, in the supermarkets, and of course in our churches up and down the land.

These carols can be an excellent way of reaching people who don’t normally go to church with the gospel message about The Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the deepest and richest Christmas carols of all was written by Charles Wesley in 1739, it’s called "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing".

Charles wrote around 6,500 hymns with the intention of instructing people in the great truths of the Christian faith, and this carol is no exception.

"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" is rich in its Scriptural allusions and teaching. The carol includes references to a number of the Messianic prophecies pointing to the birth of the Messiah. The song is full of theological themes, including the Incarnation, Atonement, Resurrection, the Fall of Man, Sanctification, the renewal of the image of Christ in the believer, and Christ being formed in us.

Studying Wesley’s carol makes a wonderful Bible Study. Why not take some time to go through it and look up some of the Scriptures that relate to his words.

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
(Luke 2:13–14)
"Glory to the newborn King!
(Matthew 2:1–2)
Peace on earth and mercy mild
(Luke 2:14; 1:78)
God and sinners reconciled"
(2 Corinthians 5:18–21; Colossians 1:20–22)
Joyful, all ye nations rise
(Revelation 21:24; Haggai 2:6–7)
Join the triumph of the skies
(Luke 2:13–14)
With the angelic host proclaim:
(Luke 2:10–11)
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
(Matthew 2:1; Micah 5:2)
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Christ by highest heav'n adored
(Luke 2:9–14; Revelation 5:13; Hebrews 1:6)
Christ the everlasting Lord!
(Revelation 22:12–13)
Late in time behold Him come
(Galatians 4:4)
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18–23; Luke 1:26–38)
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
(Philippians 2:1–11)
Hail the incarnate Deity
(John 1:1–18)
Pleased as man with man to dwell
(John 1:14; Romans 1:3; 8:3; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7–8; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9–11; 1 John 4:2–3; 2 John 1:7; Revelation 22:16)
Jesus, our Emmanuel
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Hail the heav'n–born Prince of Peace!
(Isaiah 9:6)
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
(Malachi 4:2)
Light and life to all He brings
(John 1:4, 10; 8:1; 2 Timothy 1:10)
Ris'n with healing in His wings
(Malachi 4:2)
Mild He lays His glory by
(Philippians 2:6–8; John 17:5, 24.)
Born that man no more may die
(John 11:25–26)
Born to raise the sons of earth
(1 Corinthians 15:35–57)
Born to give them second birth
(John 1:13; 3:3, 6; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; Titus 3:5)
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Have a good week singing the praises of the newborn King,

Pastor Barry

7 December 2008

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