You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up you voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” (Isaiah 41:9)
For many people, another Christmas season is merely a rerun of the trivial and the sentimental. But for the devoted Christian, Christmas is much more than a once a year celebration. It is a fresh awareness that a Deliverer was sent from the ivory palaces of heaven to become personally involved in the redemption and affairs of the human race. The impact of this realization becomes a strong motivation to share the Good News with people who need to know that there is an Emmanuel available who can meet their every need. Men everywhere must hear these glad tidings if they are to benefit from them. With absolute clarity they must hear the message, “Here is your God!”
Spirituals had their roots in the late eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century camp meetings throughout the South as well as in the active evangelical ministry carried on among the African-American people during this time. However, few of their traditional songs were collected or published prior to about 1840. The stanzas for “Go Tell It on the Mountain” were written by John W. Work Jr. He and his brother, Frederick J. Work, were early leaders in arranging and promoting the cause of spirituals. Today’s song was first published in Folk Songs of the American Negro in 1907. These traditional spirituals have since become an important part of the American folk and sacred music heritage and are greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all God’s people.
For Today: Isaiah 42:11-12, Luke14:23; Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 15:59 and Ephesians 2:10
Reflect on this: How have I grown spiritually throughout this Christmas season? What new insights have I gained regarding the message? How can I share my faith in the living Christ more effectively in the days ahead?