A People of Peace: Silent Night

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.

Psalm 46:9-11

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. 

Psalm 95:6-7

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 and awe. It is there we can imitate the Psalmist and worship as we ‘be still, and know that He is God’.