Receiving the Light • Devotion #2: “O Come Let Us Adore Him”

As we read yesterday, John Francis Wade wrote the beautiful Christmas carol entitled, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” He declared many wondrous truths in that carol, but then he always returned to the chorus, where he wrote, “O come, let us adore Him.” It became a hymn in its own right. There is a lot of repetition in this carol for the sake of emphasis.

Verses one, two, five, and seven:

O come let us adore Him

O come let us adore Him

O come let us adore Him

Christ, The Lord

Verses three and eight:

For You alone are worthy

For You alone are worthy

For You alone are worthy

You’re Christ, You’re the Christ, You The Lord

Verses four and nine:

We’ll give You all the glory

Jesus will give You all the glory

We’ll give You all, all the glory

Christ, The Lord

We have already discussed the word “adore,” but Wade adds another concept. He moves from focusing on our attitude and action to the Lord who is receiving the worship. He alone is worthy!

Christmas needs to be about Jesus, not us. We should have the same attitude as John the Baptist when speaking of the Lord, “Even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie” (John 1:27). We are so inferior to the Lord. Creation is not equal to the Creator. However, we can and should worship Him, for He is worthy.

Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” The Lord created us and is still involved in our daily walk. He is amazing.

Revelation 5:9 adds, “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.’” This verse reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. He ransomed us. He paid our way.

Finally, Revelation 5:12 says, “Saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’” He alone is worthy!

“I call upon the Lord,

who is worthy to be praised.”

Psalm 18:3a

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