We’ve sung the familiar Christmas carols at church, listened to holiday music playing in the stores and on the radio. A new year begins and so the old songs are put aside until another Christmas comes along.
But, wasn’t it the hope of Christmas that gave us a reason to sing … that put a new song in our hearts and not just on our lips?
Enjoy Christmas Songs but Keep Singing, Singing that’s Ceaseless
People of the Old Testament times looked forward to the coming Messiah. Though Jesus still hadn’t come, they still found plenty of reasons to sing. The psalmist spoke of a new song because of all the marvelous deeds, goodness, and salvation of the Lord and so wrote of ceaseless praise.
“. . . that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Ps. 90:14)
We look back at His coming, what we call Christmas. The theme of ceaseless singing continues.
“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:19-20)
We read of angels singing in the end times about how the Lamb is worthy to exercise judgment (Rev. 5:9-14; 15:1-4).
Singing That is Comely
Singing is a means of praising God, of exalting Him, of expressing our joy and thanksgiving to Him. Because it points to the Lord, it is a beautiful thing. — “How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him” (Ps. 147:1).
Though the calendar date is no longer Christmas, we still sing “Gloria, in Excelsis Deo” … Glory to God in the Highest! Praising God through singing is not only becoming, it is beneficial. It is good.
Do you need to continue with the Christmas carols to sing praise to Him? Of course not. But, let’s remember to keep singing about Him and not get caught up in the despair and hopelessness around us. The Lord has come! The Lord will come again!
This post forms the basis for one of the sessions in the Christmas Reminders Curriculum for adult classes.