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Dec 08

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Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 5

Christmas without Christ is just another day, and today’s song powerfully illustrates our need for a Savior. Throughout history the ancient prophet Isaiah inspired hope that the Messiah or Savior would come one day and save His people. I rejoice at the fulfillment of his declaration found in Matthew chapter 1:

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
(Matthew 1:21-23; see also Isaiah 7:14)

The song I have chosen for today, O come, O come, Emmanuel, was also inspired by Isaiah’s prophecy and resonates the centuries-old text Veni, veni Emmanuel. As I have slowly read, paused, and pondered the words of this hymn, my heart also yearns for God to be with me now. Each verse and phrase, continue to inspire devoted worship to the Almighty. I am grateful that when I give time for His written words, listen to inspiring music, or talk to Him in reverent prayer, I often feel He is with me, even at this moment. I hope you feel it too.

O Come, Emmanuel – Christmas Version – ThePianoGuys

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

 

Oh come, Oh come, Thou Lord of Might,

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,

In ancient times didst give the law,

In cloud, and majesty, and awe.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

 

Oh come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

 

Oh come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Oh come, Thou Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

 

Oh come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

And order all things, far and nigh;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And cause us in her ways to go.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

 

Oh come, Desire of nations, bind

In one the hearts of all mankind;

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,

And be Thyself our King of peace.

 

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, Oh Israel.

Enya – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

I feel overcome with joy and wish to sing with all my heart, “Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel!”

Merry Christmas!

 

Note: I have found many versions of this hymn. The lyrics I have shown seem to be the most complete, though not always in the order shown. The text for “Veni, veni, Emmanuel” is thought to originate from at least the 8th Century.


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