Adore Him

Adore Him

What is your church’s favorite carol? For our congregation, there is a noticeable shift ​in tone, texture and reverence when we get to the chorus of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

For a brief few moments, it seems that everyone is able to take a deep breath, mentally shift from the crazy Christmas To-Do List, set aside the expectations and maybe even the disappointments of the season, and just relax and do what the song says…

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord

Honestly, for me and for many around me, it’s been a hard year. There’s an awkward tinge to the typical festive Christmas mood this season. I don’t think I’ve ever identified more with Randy Stonehill’s somber and heart-crushing “Christmas at Denny’s.”

Maybe you’re right there with me. Maybe you’re not. But if not, I promise you, there are people in your church who are. Please keep them in mind, and pray for them especially through this season.

Yet through it all, I’ve been struck with one aspect of the Christmas story that rarely gets mentioned. And I think it’s worth some contemplation, especially this year. In the section of Luke, chapter 2 that immediately follows the well-known Christmas story, the baby Jesus is presented in the temple. Simeon was a man described as righteous, devout, and having the Holy Spirit on Him. Luke tells us that the Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Simeon is a man who apparently had one life ambition: to come and adore Him, Christ the Lord. For all of us, amid the busyness and craziness, may we aspire to be a Simeon.

Maybe this will help us get started. I encourage you to take a few minutes and immerse yourself in “Adore Him,” a vivid and beautiful version of the carol, written by a good friend, Don Poythress and his long-time co-writer Tony Wood.

Merry Christmas.


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