A Christmas Song for the Ages

As a Christian, I am astonished that the world still sings our songs—especially ones like the Hallelujah chorus. The song proclaims the kingdom of Christ and the absolute sovereignty of God over all creation. Yet every year the world sings this song at Christmas time, and wherever it is played people stand to their feet in reverence. Can you believe that?

There are few songs that lift my heart up to heaven like the Hallelujah chorus. I can hardly make it through to the end without weeping. Of all the pieces of human culture that I hope to make it through the fires of God’s judgment to the new heavens and new earth, Handel’s Messiah is near the top my list.

I recently discovered a beautiful rendition of the song sung by thje King’s College Choir in Cambridge, England. It was so good that I thought I would share it with you. Here is a link to the YouTube version, or you can download the song from Amazon.com. Merry Christmas!

|: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 😐

|: For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 😐

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
|: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 😐

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
|: King of kings, and Lord of lords, 😐
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
|: King of kings! and Lord of lords! 😐
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

2 Responses to A Christmas Song for the Ages

  1. David McKay December 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    The placement of the Hallelujah in Revelation and in Messiah is intriguing. It is a reponse to God defeating his and our enemies.
    In Messiah it’s immediately after Thou Shalt Break Them In Pieces. I wonder how many folk ponder this juxtaposition?
    Sobering singing it with an audience, a few weeks back

    • Christiane December 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      If ‘Hallelujah’ is a ‘response to God defeating our enemies’, then the positioning of Alleluia in the following song has a related meaning:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJSbw8Ea2Os
      English translation:

      ‘Salvation is created
      in the midst of our Earth
      Oh God, O Our God . . .
      Alleluia ! “

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