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“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

14 Dec

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heav’nly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brougth tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

“Fear not, then,” said the angel,
“Let nothing you afright
This day is born a Savior
Of virgin pure and bright
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan’s pow’r and might.”

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place
And with true love and charity
Each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas
Is filled with heav’nly grace

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Dear God, I’m not sure why I picked this hymn this morning. It’s never been one of my favorites, necessarily. I just heard it yesterday and the phrase, “To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray,” struck me and I thought that maybe there was something here I should notice.

  • Verse 1: I’ve never noticed the word “rest.” Don’t be anxious. Don’t be dismayed. Rest. Rest. Just remember that Jesus was born to save us from all of this, even when we are gone astray, and rest. Hmm. I like that. And we don’t rest ourselves. You are the one that has given us rest.
  • Verse 2: You told the shepherds to rest too. They were like us. Working. Surviving. Struggling. And the good news that the angels brought them was to give them rest and tidings of comfort and joy. Not just joy, but comfort. The same is true for us in verse 1.
  • Verse 3: This whole verse is a quote from the angels (as written by the author). Fear not. Don’t be afraid. Jesus is born of a virgin to free those who trust in him from Satan’s power and might. I don’t know why this says about salvation, if anything, but I do know that the key to being free of Satan’s power here on earth is to trust in Jesus and receive the grace he provides.
  • Verse 4: So now that we know this, we are to worship you, love each other, and extend charity.

Father, help me today to worship you, love others, and extend charity. Thank you for this glad tidings of comfort and joy.

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2019 in Christmas Hymns, Hymns and Songs

 

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