Saturday, December 16, 2017

3rd Advent Devotional ~"There is more melody in Christ than in all worlds."

“…for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:
You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
 ​​“Glory to God in the highest,
​​And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:10-14

The Angel of the Lord rent the veil of heaven,
And proclaim the newly born King he must,
Joined by the glorious angelic anthem,
Lauding their wondrous King made of earth’s dust.

The brilliant star has arisen in the east,
And shine upon the newborn King it must;
Leading the Magi to worship at His royal feet,
For it was He who created its stardust.

The flocks clothing the hills follow their shepherd,
As they make haste to this newborn King.
Angel’s voice and song startles their slumber,
And leads them to worship at His tiny feet.

A devout man of many years with divine surety,
Takes into his arms the Lord of earth and sky;
Musing as he gently caresses His soft, tiny feet,
“Now I have seen our Salvation from on high!”

Jesus our Lord, Incarnate King of kings,
We praise and worship You on bended knee.
Almighty Creator of all lovely things,
At Your pierced feet we bow with rejoicing.
Worship We Must

On earth few cared for the Lord Jesus. The innkeeper could not find room for Him. Herod wished to kill Him. The mass of mankind thought nothing of Him. But the multitude of the heavenly host were praising God, and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’
The angels thought more of God’s mercy to man than man thought of it himself.  They were unselfish in their praise, for the good will was not to angels, but to men, and the peace was not for heaven, but for earth.  But our peace filled their hearts with joy.  The peace was for us, but the thought of it gladdened them.  Is it not strange that believing hearts are not more gladdened when the sacred gift is bestowed on themselves?  Shall angels who have no share in the blessing praise God, and shall we, for whose life all has been done, shall we be silent?  If they are filled with thanksgiving while they merely look on and see what God has done for us, shall not we, for whom He has done it, at all events equal them in praise?  
Therefore with the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name.

The Speaker’s Bible -Luke

There are some who take the word “highest” to mean that there is glory to God in the highest degree by the coming of Christ. God is glorified in nature—“the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.” He is glorified in every dewdrop that sparkles in the morning sun, and, in every tiny wood-flower that blossoms in the copse. Every bird that warbles on the spray, every lamb that skips the mead, glorifies God. All creation glorifies God. Do not the stars write His name in golden letters across the midnight sky? Are not the lightnings His sword flashing from His scabbard? Are not the thunders the roll-drums of His armies? From least to greatest the whole of creation tells forth His glory. But the majestic organ of creation cannot reach the compass of the organ of redemption. There is more melody in Christ than in all worlds. He brings glory to God in the very highest degree.

Great Texts of the Bible-Luke

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