We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"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!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’ incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail! the heav'n born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Why this is one of my favorite Christmas Carols.


Barbara Brunt said...

We had a program at my workplace. Various singers sang Christmas songs, a Hawaiian dancer did a couple of graceful numbers. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was one of the songs. The woman singing the song changed the words to: God and angels reconciled. It made me think of how sin is so offensive to people, that they'd even change the words to a common Christmas song.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Barbara,

Changing that line just made a very unbiblical statement! Angels don't need to be reconciled. Why can't people just leave well enough alone?

Anonymous said...

In a way good job it wasn't left alone - I agree with Glenn about angels, but had it been left alone from Wesley wrote, and the tune used then it would, I suspect, have been lost to us! (Hark how all the welkin ring??). I do quite like the newer version though - finishes 'born to give us second birth' more about our response than singing about someone else!