Shepherds • Devotion #4: Singing in the Reign
Josh Lahring | Production Director
Every year when the Christmas season arrives, Christmas music takes over the radio and stores, carolers sing on the streets, and people are in the giving spirit sending gifts to family and friends. The season is filled with joyfulness and giving. It is easy to be joyful when things are going well and you have a lot for which to be thankful. If you had nothing though, could you still be joyful?
One of my favorite songs to sing during the Christmas season is “My soul Magnifies the Lord.” It says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, He has done great things for me.” We have seen God do some amazing things and we praise His name for that. No matter what we are going through we can be encouraged that God has done great things in our lives. God sending Jesus to this earth and giving Him up as a sacrifice for our sins is the greatest thing He has ever done or ever could do. Even if He never did another thing for us, that is enough to praise Him for the rest of our lives.
This is why we come together as the church and sing. Each of us has seen God do different things in our lives, but there is one common thing that all of us can celebrate and praise God together for, and that is Jesus. No matter if you are at your highest of highs or lowest of lows, you can sing because you know that Jesus is Lord and He came to rescue us. While we praise God together as the church, it is encouraging to think that what we are doing is what a multitude of heavenly hosts did, and are doing, as well (Luke 2:13-14):
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’'”