No song, in my opinion, captures the essence of the night of Christ’s birth better than ‘O, Holy Night!’. In fact, I feel this hymn captures the Christian heart and takes us to a moment of worship that is pure and simple. We can worship God with awe and wonder, and the lyrics lead you into a moment of inspired worship that is central to the Christian faith.
This hymn includes instruction, description, and praise all included in a beautiful lyric that is well placed with a tune that has become one of the most well known and awe-inspiring songs of the Christmas season. Let’s look at a few of the lyrics to see what I mean:
The Chorus opens with, “Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices, Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born, Oh night divine, Oh night divine.”
Instructions to fall to your knees, listen for the angelic song, and worship the King. A divine night and beautiful night that changed history. A night when a Savior was born, a night when our souls were given a way to spend eternity with God because that night set in motion a divine plan that would wash us in the Blood.
The chorus is not the only lines that tell of a divine night, look with me at some more lines from the hymn:
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”
A world with no hope and a future that is in clear, and then we see the true meaning of Christmas in likely one of the most beautiful stanzas ever penned. A story that tells of no hope until the Lord appeared and ‘the soul felt its worth.’ As I said, a soul with no hope, a soul that felt alone and deserted, but because of this birth the hopeless soul felt its worth. Jesus is hope for the hopeless, He is peace for the broken and torn heart. It is a hope that inspires a rejoicing spirit to find hope in the dawning of a new day.
Hope that was born in a small Judean town, and a hope that inspires the soul and brings peace in a time of desolation, joy in adversity, and love to the broken heart.
The hymn continues talking of the teachings of Jesus. Teachings that show us how to love one another, teachings that show us how to find hope in times of hurt, and teaches us that peace comes when we praise him and apply these teachings to our everyday lives. This Christmas season, remember the hope found in that Holy night that divinely touched our lives and gives us continued hope and peace in a dark and unforgiving world.
“Truly He taught us to love one another, his law is love and His gospel is peace; Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother and in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, let all within us praise His holy name.”
Fall on your knees, lift praise with all your might, and worship the Savior of the world, the baby who came on that holy, divine night.