Happy Christmas: Musical Reflections 10: For the Off-key, bashful singers

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Karaoke is in my top 5 greatest fears.

I am not a good singer…

I switch from soprano to alto throughout songs based on my ability to reach a note.

I don’t really know what flat or sharp means, but I am confident I slide into both awkwardly all throughout a song.

You don’t want me to sing Happy Birthday to you or serenade you. 

That is not how you will feel loved by me.

And yet, this song acknowledges our inclination to sing when we see Jesus.

Those who were present at His birth sang in response to His arrival.

I venture to guess we will sing when we see Him when He returns.

AND, we are invited to sing to Him today—in remembrance of His coming to win us, save us, love us.

O Come all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

This lyric is a part of an invitation—to Israel—God’s people—the ones who remained hopeful, expectant and faithful to the promise of their God for a Savior.

They were invited to see Him.

Invited to meet the One they had long awaited.

The lyric acknowledges the joy and triumph we have in Him…

Triumphant means victorious.

For those of us who are believers, we are victorious.

Though we still live in the brokenness of this world, there is already a win we have under our belt, bought for us in Jesus. We are victorious—because He was victorious on our behalf.

We have joy because no matter what happens in this world, it’s not the end of the story. We can be faithful to the end because God has given us Himself—He has bought us for Himself.

Sing choirs of angels

Sing in exultation

Sing all ye citizens of heaven above

Again, the adoration that bubbles up in our chest is due to this—we have been bought for citizenship beyond this world. We are aliens here so we can be at home with Him.

O come let us adore Him.

Adore means to love and respect someone deeply. To worship them.

When I use the word adore in everyday life, it is for the most precious of things.

I adore the way babies wrap their hands around the base of your neck and squeeze with their chubby hands.

I adore the laughter of my friends—the way their noses scrunch and their eyes light up.

I adore sunsets and sunrises and the way I feel when I am surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation.

And all of these—the cumulation of all of these pale in comparison to the adoration we get with Jesus.

So, this invitation that we have today…

How do we adore Him?

I have no doubt that when I see Jesus in Heaven, my whole being will respond in adoration.

Maybe I will run to Him and hug Him.

Maybe I will fall on my knees and weep.

Maybe I will burst into song and dance.

I don’t know what it will be like on that day, but I know He will be pleased with whatever comes out of us that worships Him as He is to be seen and beheld and adored.

But as we linger here, on this side of Heaven…

I am curious how I adore Him here—in the land of the living.

When I am blind to the fullness of who He is.

I get glimpses of Him and it makes my heart flutter.

I get moments with Him and it brings me to tears.

But my fickle heart forgets so quickly and gets so pre-occupied with other things.

I so desire to have more steadiness with Him and get to convey my depth of love for Him now.

How?

I think that is the question.

I pray we do so in disciplined and steady ways—through prayer and study, through service and sacrifice. That our lives would be a reflection that we do adore Him—we prioritize Him.

I pray we do so in faithful obedience—when we lay aside a sin, when we suffer faithfully, when we look to the needs of others before ourselves…I believe we are saying, I love you Jesus.  I love you.

And the feeler and lover that I am desperately wants God to know that my deepest longing and deepest affection is for Him.

I get distracted.

I get annoyed with Him not being tangible.

But my heart expands in His presence.

Perhaps that is what the singing is for—maybe it’s for us. To usher us into this carefree, uninhibited place of just gushing over Him. Being unashamedly over the moon for Him.

I am enjoying thinking about the many ways I can allow my heart to behold Him and adore Him today. Join me friends.

Xoxo

Crystal

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