Advent Day 15:
Christmas is a time of singing, with our carols and mince pies we like a good sing-song.
In church we sing songs to God, giving him praise and lifting up our voices like the Angels in Luke 2:13-14, saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is please!”. Heaven and Earth sings to the Lord.
But the Lord sings over us too:
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. ” Zephaniah 3:17
What kind of song does the Lord sing? The kind of song that a husband sings over his bride. We catch a glimpse of this is in the Song of Songs. A husband who sings: “Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful” (1v15) “You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride” (4v9) and we, the bride, can sing back “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me” (7v10).
Christmas is about singing, it’s about the bride singing to her bridegroom, singing out that she is his forever and his desire will always be for her. But a greater and louder song is sung by the Lord, a song that rejoices over his bride with gladness, a song that will sooth and quiet her hurts and anxieties, a song that declares that we are beautiful and have captivated his heart. This husband is Jesus. The bride is the church and Jesus sings over us.
Christmas is about the birth of the Son of God who will sing a beautiful song over his bride.