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. . . look up, and lift up your heads; because your Redemption draweth nigh.
Hymn of the day:
LO! HE COMES WITH CLOUDS DESCENDING (LSB 336)
The brothers John and Charles Wesley saw that, according to Luther, music teaches the faith and imprints it strongly upon the heart. So he did in this hymn. The tune is new to LSB, but not to the text and a more beautiful pairing to the hymn. The tune does what the text declares. As the music descends so the text confesses “. . . with clouds descending.” As the congregation and musicians swell so we sing “Swell the triumph of His train, Alleluia . . .” It is well worth learning if your parish has not yet undertaken the task.
The hymn primarily pictures through song the words of Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen.” Some slight editing has taken place from Wesley’s original which shows theological difference between the Methodists and Lutherans, “once for favored sinners slain,” now reads “Once for every sinner slain.” (Pastor Adrian Sherrill for Logia Online)
December verses to remember:
December 2 – Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God.”
December 9 – 1 Kings 8:27 – “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house that I have built!”
December 16 – Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
December 23 – Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
December 30 – Hebrews 10:31 – “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”