We don’t even know what we’re singing sometimes

We were in the car last night driving back from Newport, R.I., with Chrissy’s mom, and we were listening to Christmas music.  Josh Groban’s amazing rendition of “O Holy Night” came on, and we were glued.  But when he launched into the oft forgot third verse of the classic hymn, I was reminded of the power and importance of its lyrics.  And I was reminded how often we sing this without living into its meaning.

“O Holy Night” is many people’s favorite Christmas carol, but what would happen if those people (including myself) lived as if these lyrics were true in 2009?

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! O, hear the angels’ voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Behold your King.
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Just a month ago, I picked up Third Day’s Christmas album and was struck by this very song myself. I also saw that Cope blogged about this song being one that he’d overlooked for years, too. Kinda funny.

    Really, really rich lyrics. Love this song.


  2. This year, while planning our contemplative christmas service at church, I noticed the third verse for the first time.

    “his law is love, and his gospel is peace
    chains shall he break for the slave is our brother
    and in his name all oppression shall cease”



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