Friday, December 15, 2017

Comment on a Hymn

'Angels From the Realms of Glory'

In this hymn our author is calling out to many. First, he calls the angels, then the shepherds, then the wise men, then the departed saints, and finally all creation. And what does he want all of these to do? He wants them all to worship. He wants them first to worship Jesus, the newborn King, and finally to worship God: Father, Son and Spirit. This worship is all about declaring the truth about God, declaring His glories, and doing that in such a way that He will be pleased.

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth;

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:


Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen his natal star:


Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear:


All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising
To th'eternal Three in One: