Continued from this post by guest blogger Troy McLaughlin…

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The initial “O come, all ye faithful” has but three goals in mind: adore Him, adore Him, and adore Him.

Today, the meaning of this word, “adore,” has been watered down such that professional athletes and musicians are “adored” by fans, and young children are frequently described as “adorable.” But make no mistake, the word’s meaning conveys worship, which involves “worth-ship.” And there is but One to whom all worship is to be directed. There is but One who is worthy. And it is not only our Christian duty but our gracious privilege to practice that which will engage us for eternity: the lifting of praises up to the throne upon whom sits the One worthy of worship: Christ the Lord. The pairing of these titles is of no little consequence, for they remind us that Jesus is not only humble Savior but holy Sovereign. He has come as God’s Lamb but will return as Judah’s Lion. To emphasize His sacrifice at the expense of His sovereignty is to embrace the blessing while disregarding the position of the Blessor; ultimately, a self-exalting practice. The calling, therefore, is clear: to adore Him not as we prefer to see Him but as He really is: Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!

The call to worship is extended to those who exist primarily in the spiritual realm. The angels are called to sing for the same purpose and in the same way: “in exultation,” which means “triumphant joy.” And what is their song?

Glory to God in the highest

This lyrical pronouncement is fulfilled by nothing other than the worship of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the refrain reminds:

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

 

 

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