Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Music HighwayThe holy angels of God have been around longer than us human beings. They have been endowed with special abilities to serve God.

Yet, God’s focus has been on mankind – especially after the spiritual fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Why is there so great an interest in our salvation? Why did God Himself become human to suffer and die for us? Who are we that we have been so enraptured and enamored by the great, Almighty God?

The holy angels see the plan but do not understand it fully. Only God the Father knows all of the whys and the final results of it all.

These angels, however, still  continually give God the glory for all He is doing. They are full of joy with Jesus Christ being born and now being seated at the right hand of the Father. Why? I will discuss that in my next post, God-willing…

Question: Did a choir of angels sing praises to God or did they voice only words of praise on the night Jesus Christ was born? In Luke 2:13-14 it states:

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Can the word “praising” in the text also include singing? Let me see:

a) Strong’s Concordance #134: aineo (pronounced ahee-neh’-o)
from 136; to praise (God): — praise.

b) Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: aineō

1) to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God
2) to allow, recommend
3) to promise or vow

If not, I am not going to lose sleep over it. Nor will I stop keeping Christmas because of a supposed misinterpretation of scripture in a song.

The birth of Christ is a joyous occasion to always remember.

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Charles Wesley (1707- 1788)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1840)
lyrics – Charles Wesley
music – Felix Mendelssohn
sung by – Jewel
genre – Christmas Carol

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Refrain

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

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Jewel Kilcher ( b. 1974 )

Refrain

 

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