Like "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," much of this song is about not just the night of His birth, but about the years and ages leading to that moment. "Long lay the world in sin and error pining," we sing, and it could be as much about the night He came as it could be about the time of Isaiah, or Noah. The world was in thrall to sin and corruption, and there was no way for us to get out until our Savior came. And so we waited, and we waited, hoping for the moment to arrive when He came and "the soul felt its worth." You can think of that in terms of our soul feeling relief at redemption, but I think we could also feel our soul's worth knowing that this Child would be the one to take upon Him all of our sins and infirmities. We know how those feel, and knowing that someone else will take them gives you a clear sense of exactly how much they weigh.
And then a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. We are so worn down by our inadequacies and our inability to even cleanse our own sins, let alone anyone else's, and then to have that announcement come, to see the star, to hear the heralds, to see the Magi, causes us to have a fleeting moment of joy cut through the darkness of doubt and fear making us think we can do this.
So we sing our praises to Him in the chorus. Fall on your knees, praise His name forever, and behold your King, we shout. We go from dark despair that we can't escape to the brightness of midday all at once. If that's not worthy of joy, then what is?
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!Merry Christmas, friends. Make it a joyous one.
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Previously in this series
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Still, Still, Still
The Friendly Beasts
What Child is This?
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
The Holly and the Ivy
Do You Hear What I Hear?
I Saw Three Ships
We Three Kings
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
In the Bleak Midwinter
Little Drummer Boy