by Nick Tucker – Associate Pastor – Youth and Worship
O Come Let Us Adore Him
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the kind of person to not begin celebrating Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. I would get myself into heated verbal debates with people over Christmas music and when we should begin listening to it. For some of us, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s always Christmas! And then for others of us, Christmas is for December only. Whichever way you land on the scale is fine, I just know I was as far towards “Christmas is for December only” as possible.
This year is a little different for me, however. This is the first Christmas season that I am spending as a Worship Pastor which means I’ve been listening to Christmas music since October in preparation for this month. Listening to all the Christmas Worship songs (no “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey isn’t included here). As I spent time listening to and dissecting Christmas worship songs, something occurred to me: These aren’t just Christmas songs. These are worship songs!
There is a very good reason why these songs have been sung for hundreds of years, and that is simply because in the Christmas season, we reflect on the birth of our Savior! Like how we sing songs about the crucifixion and the resurrection around Easter, we sing songs about His birth around Christmas.
The thing I find interesting about the contrast of Easter songs and Christmas songs is that Easter songs are typically easier to sing throughout the year than Christmas songs. I mean, come on, you have to admit that it would be weird to sing “O Holy Night” in July! But “O Holy Night” has been sung since 1842 when it was written. There is longevity in it. People have composed it several ways since the 1800s, but I want to challenge us to investigate a little bit of the posture we can have towards not just Christmas worship songs, but all worship songs.
Psalm 95:6-7 says this:
“Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care”.
The bottom line is that He is worthy of our praise and adoration. Regardless of if it’s baby Jesus, or grown-up Jesus, He is worthy. He is our God.
So, regardless of how many times you’ve listened to “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey this season, come let us ADORE our Savior. Let us adore Him for the way which He is working and moving in and through the church today.
Let me close with Psalm 95:1-2 which says this:
“Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him”.