“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying , Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14
Singing of some sort is popular around the world. I don’t know of any culture where there is no singing. People compose and sing songs for several reasons, some of which seem silly, but when it comes to praising God singing is serious. It is an important part of worship and should not be neglected. Perhaps more than any other time of the year we express ourselves most freely in song during the Christmas season. While some of the songs are lighthearted others are of great importance because they instruct and inspire. They serve to remind us of God’s greatness and our blessings.
The daily devotional “Turning Point” said:”Groups of carolers may appear at your door, or you may hear a Salvation Army brass ensemble playing carols on a street corner. And you will certainly hear carols in your church—an indispensable part of the Christmas season.
But they aren’t new. The first Christian hymn written specifically around the theme of the incarnation of Christ appeared in fourth-century Rome to combat the heresy of Arianism that denied the deity of Christ. But even that hymn was not the first. That honor goes to the angels’ hymn that accompanied their announcement of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds outside Bethlehem (Luke 2:13). The Christmas carols familiar to contemporary Christians in the West deserve our Christmas attention. They are biblical, beautiful, bountiful, and often breathtaking in the praise and honor they ascribe to Christ.
There are so many ways to enjoy music today. Fill your music player with Christ-centered songs of the season to help you stay in the spirit of Christmas.”