Monday, December 13, 2021

Daily Devotion: Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

Bible Reading:  Song of Solomon 2:1-7 

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”

Key Words: I am the rose of Sharon

I believe the rose of Sharon is symbolic of Jesus and His love just as the lily of the valley is symbolic of love in the midst of thorns.  Jesus is our love when we are living among the thorns of life.

“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” was written by Charles Wesley, brother to John Wesley, and one of the most prolific of all hymn writers.  The Wesleys founded the Methodist movement in England in the mid-eighteenth century.  They utilized hymns not only to direct worshipers' hearts to God, but also to teach the truth of the gospel.  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” helps answer the questions, “Who is Jesus Christ?” and “Why was He born?”

The first verse announces that Jesus came to reconcile God with humanity.  In the next verse, the newborn child, Jesus, is the incarnate Deity – God come in the flesh.  The last verse gives three reasons Christ was born – that man would not die, to bring resurrection into humanity, and to make available the second birth.  It also tells of three things He brought with Him – healing, light, and life.

Several titles of Jesus appear in the hymn – King, Lord, Emmanuel (which means “God with us”), Prince of Peace, and Sun of Righteousness.  These tell us not only who He is, but what He does:  The King leads a kingdom, the Lord accepts worship, Emmanuel provides companionship, and the Sun offers warmth and light for the growth of righteousness.

How attractive He is!  Jesus Christ is the true beauty of Christmas.


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!”

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

                                        ~ Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

What to do:
✞ Remember, not just during the Christmas season but in our daily lives, Jesus is our King!

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