New Song: Look and See

IMG_0039We are NOT learning a Christmas song this Advent season.

I thought I would get that out of the way and move on to WHY we are singing this song for Advent this year.  As our pastor was talking about the series for Advent, he kept coming back to the theme of awe and wonder.  “I want us all to leave with a sense of awe and wonder for what God has done,” he said.  So instead of looking for a Christmas song, we looked for one that had that theme and found Look and See.  We tweaked the beginning which comes from Mary’s song in Luke 1.

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation…He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”  Luke 1:46b, 50, 54-55

V1:  To Him be the glory

for this little one

My spirit rejoices

in God’s only Son

His mercy extending

to all who proclaim

To all generations

who call on His name.

The second verse widens the focus of God’s glory to all of creation that is shouting it’s awe and wonder…

V2:  To him be the glory

in heaven and earth

All of creation

is shouting his worth

The saints and the angels

all love to proclaim

The wonderful story,

the glorious Name

And then we hit the chorus.  It’s inspired by two scriptures.  The first from Job, calls us to “look and see” something that is more awesome and wonderful than us…

Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you. Job 35:5

Ch:  Oh look and see our God and celebrate

The power of the cross and empty grave

And now we’re free, let the redeemed lift up your heads

Oh look and see our God

As you can see, the chorus looks past the manger and ministry of Jesus to his work on the cross.  This is why he was born and lived.  He came to die for us so that we would be free!

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

So we move on to the end of time.  What?  I know, it seems crazy to sing about the second coming when we are celebrating the first coming at Christmas, but that is consistant with the church’s understanding of Christmas.  As we look back at Jesus’ first coming, we also look forward to his second coming.  The joy, love and peace that we sing about at Christmas isn’t here yet, but it’s coming…it’s coming…

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.  Revelation 4:11

V3:  To Him be the glory,

He’s coming again

And all of the sadness

will come to an end

Oh what a reunion,

The bride and her King

Forever we’ll praise Him,

forever we’ll sing

And then we hit the bridge.  After singing with all creation, there is only one host left to sing with…the host of heaven…

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’  Luke 2:13-14

Br:  Glory, glory, to our God

Glory, glory, to our God

As I said, this is NOT a Christmas song, but I think it fits so I’m just going to say it.  Merry Christmas!

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