“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined…
…For unto us a child is born,
To us a son is given;
And the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
This past Sunday my family and some friends participated in a Messiah Sing-A-Long with a host of others. We sang this portion of Scripture, among others, beautifully interwoven with music. Last year was the first time I heard the Messiah performed live, and I came away feeling so uplifted and amazed- the whole evening they sang only Scripture! Truly the Word of God is living and active. Handel wrote a masterpiece in his Messiah score, lacing the life of Christ coming to earth, His return to heaven, and the joy that we have awaiting His return. I enjoyed singing along this year, even if I didn’t quite catch all the right runs and notes. When singing the Hallelujah Chorus I got chills thinking of what it will be like in heaven, worshipping with the saints the glorious Lamb who was slain, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who reigns for ever and ever! Amen.