Advent Devotional: Silent Night
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Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin, mother and child Holy infant, tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at thy birth Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake, at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God
Many of our Christmas songs depict the birth of Christ as a serene and tranquil affair. Anyone who has ever witnessed a baby being delivered can testify otherwise! It would have been noisy, messy and full of the chaos that birth always contains. But that does not mean these lyrics should be dismissed or ignored. The writers of these songs, whilst not portraying a precise enactment, are expressing an important truth: wonder makes us silent. The ‘Silent Night’ occurs when we look upon the mystery of Jesus birth with true wonder. It is there we can participate with the Psalmist in worship as we ‘Be still, and know that He is God’.
JESUS may we look upon You with wonder! Cause our hearts to be still in the presence of Your holiness.