Days and weeks before the day man calls "Christmas" arrives, there are songs sung which afterward are set aside for months. They are called "Christmas carols," some of which do sing about Christ and His birth. Some are beautiful, with truths that express Christ as our Savior, and have very pleasing music. Some reveal absolutely no thought about Him and our salvation.
But we had better take a firm hold on what God declares in Isaiah 42:10 . There God Himself calls us to "Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof." That song we must sing all through life, and not merely a few days before what we call Christmas.
The world sings it because it enjoys the music, not because of the truth presented in these songs. They sing them to please men, not to praise God. We do well to heed this word of God that we sing unto the Lord a new song, a song of praise to God. We may sing before men, as a choir, or as a soloist. But by all means sing unto the Lord. And let us sing it from the heart, not merely from the mouth. Let us sing God's praises, and not sing to get man's praises directed to us for having sung those words with that music.
That song must be a new song. It must not be the old songs the flesh of man sings because of delight in music. Since God sent His Son to save us there is a new song, a song of redemption, a song of God's grace and tender mercy upon those whom He chose in Christ.
Can we, after we celebrate the birth of Christ, forget what He did for us? If His birth means a little to us for only a short period of time in the year, His cross and the salvation which He realized for us will also be a superficial and temporary thing.
Let us every day, in our hearts, sing a new song to Jehovah, for the wonders He has wrought.
Read: Psalm 98 .
“There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.” ~ The Confessions of St. Augustine (354-430)
- Date: 4-December