When God created the heavens and the earth, He saw that everything He had made was “very good.”
How good is “very good” by God’s standards?
So good that “the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy,” Job’s “gospel” tells us.
Wow. Stars signing. Angels singing. What’s that sound like? I want to know. But then again, I’m not sure. I know it would be fall-on-your-face frightening, even though it would be good.
My sinful mind can scarcely fathom it. The whole of creation rejoicing and delighting in a goodness so terrifyingly beautiful, the entire universe resonates with song, quaking the fabric of space and time like shifting continental plates along the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Try to imagine what it would be like if one crisp, wintry night you looked up at the thousands tiny pinpoints of light only to suddenly hear all of them burst into a horrifically pulchritudinous chorus of worship, the likes of which shook the very foundations of the earth and your heart with a joy and gladness so massive you didn’t know whether to weep, shout for joy or run and hide for fear.
Is the ground shaking or is that the hammer in my chest I call my heart?
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”
You know the story.
It is one so fantastically glorious, its reverberations echoed from heaven before the foundation of the world, so much so that a Roman poet who died a half-century before the birth of Christ couldn’t help but speak of it. Invoking the “gods” to inspire him, Ovid began his famous poem Metamorphoses with a plea to be able to participate in this immortal and everlasting “song” of creation.
“Inspire my enterprise and lead my lay
In one continuous song from nature’s first
Remote beginnings to our modern times.”
Nature’s First; the divine Logos and Lord of creation; the preeminent only-begotten Son of the Father became flesh and dwelt among us.
Come again to our “modern times” and let us sing once more!
“I was beside Him, like a master Workman,” Jesus tells us in Proverbs of being beside the Father “in the beginning.”
“I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.”
God becomes a human being and lives among us because He delights in us. He still delights in us and in our songs, our joyful noises and all of our discordant and off-key shouting in celebration of His “very goodness.”
Man still encounters God.
What other response but song would be appropriate for those who encounter God and discover, much to their shock and dismay, that they have found favor with God? What better way to celebrate this universal, galactic, swirling pool of bright, divine goodness and favor of God in Christ Jesus our Lord than with music and singing?
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!
Choirs, horns, stringed instruments – a joyful shout, a soul-stirring, heartwarming melody sung in praise and adoration with all of the heavenly host!
So whenever you gather this Christmas season to sing, know that you too are participating in the song of songs, the melody of “Nature’s First” “when all the stars of heaven and the sons of God shouted for joy.”
Last night at Redwood Christian School over 300 parents, family, and friends gathered to celebrate creation’s “continuous song,” joining in with the multitude of heavenly hosts, singing and praising God.
Both RCS music directors, Mr. Doug McClure and Mr. Mark Cagle, led the talented ensemble of middle and high-school bands, strings and choirs in celebration of the Christmas season last evening in Redwood’s MPR.
It was truly a festive and joyous event!
Performances included beautiful renditions of Silent Night and What Child is This? performed as instrumental duets by Haley Martinez (flute), Chris Wu (guitar) and Sam Lee (violin).
Middle-school choir soloists Anese Atkins-Henesley, Yuhao Zhang, Lauren Tang, Arianne Sturtevant, Chanyah Gomer, Cameron Nunley, and Autumn Tucker helped fill folks with the true Christmas spirit.
The choirs of both middle and high-school performed a variety of Christmas melodies, including Noel! Sing Noel!, Christmas Time is Here, and Mary Did You Know?.
Redwood’s A Christmas Encounter indeed proved to be a wonderful reminder of man encountering God. The conclusion of the evening’s festivities featured all the choirs coming together to form an 84-member chorale which sang with the fervor and spirit of the multitude of heavenly hosts, on earth as it is in heaven. The light of the Lord truly shone round about the MPR as this one-of-a-kind combined choir brought a wondrous Christmas encounter to all those in attendance.
May you be blessed this Christmas season as you participate in singing and praising “Nature’s First,” the Lord Jesus Christ.