Sunday, December 25, 2011

Watts: Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2011
    Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
    Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
    —Revelation 5:11-13 (NIV)
Come let us join our cheerful songs,
    With angels round the throne;
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
    But all their joys are one.

Worthy the Lamb that died, they cry,
    To be exalted thus:
Worthy the Lamb, our lips reply,
    For he was slain for us.

Jesus is worthy to receive
    Honour and pow’r divine;
And blessings, more than we can give,
    Be, Lord, for ever thine.

Let all who dwell above the sky,
    And air, and earth, and seas,
Conspire to lift thy glories high,
    And speak thine endless praise.

The whole creation join in one,
    To bless the sacred name,
Of him who sits upon the throne,
    And to adore the Lamb.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book I, hymn 62, p. 321 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have taken away our sin.

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