This is the third post in my series of reflections on Christmas carols (see also Silent Night and Joy to the World). I hope these reflections help to breathe new life into your own singing and enjoyment of these classic holiday hymns.
Verse 1: Listen! The messengers of God are making a glorious declaration: “Worship the Divine Child who has come to us to bring God’s peace and to demonstrate His tenderness and deliverance! He has come to bring God and mankind together!” Let everyone from all the earth join in this marvelous, cosmic celebration! Let us shout together, “The Promised One has been born!” Listen! The messengers of God declare: “Worship the Child-King!”
Verse 2: The Promised One is worshiped by the entire universe! He is the Eternal One, and look!–He’s finally here among us! His mother is a young unmarried girl, and in Him we can truly see God! Give praise to the God who desires to live amongst His people; Jesus is not far off, but here! Listen! The messengers of God declare, “Worship the Child-King!”
Verse 3: Give honor to the Sovereign of Solace! Welcome to the Prince of all goodness and justice! He brings the light of His grace and everlasting life to the world! He has come as the ultimate Healer of the nations! He laid aside His divine glory and humbled Himself to be completely like one of us. His life saves us all from death! His life rescues us from living only for the here and now! His life opens the door to our living forever! Listen! The messengers of God declare, “Worship the Child-King!”
If you especially enjoy this hymn, you may find the worksheet here filled with interesting questions and activities: http://www.lovetolearnplace.com/Curriculum/Hark.pdf
If you are enjoying this series overall, you may enjoy the thoughts on the hymns found here, written by a professor I know: http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/carols.html
May you listen–and join in!–as the entire universe declares the King who has come!