Darlene Zschech, known for ministry with Hillsong Worship where she penned the team's signature song "Shout to the Lord," invites all of us to celebrate Christmas with her as she offers a FREE 7-Day Devotional. These devotional readings not only reveals Zschech's passion for the Lord, but they also offer encouraging messages from God's word as we prepare for Christmas.
Zschech writes, "I unashamedly love the Christmas season, where people come together around purposed food and extended time, and where the glory of God is declared from hearts around the globe, even those unaware. The canopies of heaven seem to be drawn open at this sacred time, as we gather around the birth of the ONE who changed everything for us. I pray you enjoy this collection of Christmas thoughts centered around some of the carols and Christmas hymns we know and love."
Here's a sample of her writing:
"It was the year 1719, and it was a strongly held belief that only the biblical Psalms should be sung in worship - that human compositions were not worthy to be sung as part of our sacred prayers. So, when Isaac Watts, one of the most prolific of all English composers, published the words of "Joy to the World," he never imagined it would become such a wonderful Christmas carol that would be used in worship services across the ages. Watts just kept writing in spite of the pressure to conform. And "Joy to the World," his personal adaptation of Psalm 98, was the result of his beautiful and passionate dedication.
Worship is and will always be our response to His majesty. The created responding to the Creator. Our spirit being fueled in His presence as we invite the author of life to do in us what only He can do. Humanity has always created and composed. As being made in the image of God, we are designed to create, and here we find the eternal ache met in the need of Watts to write a hymn that would give us yet another melody and more lyric to unpack this eternal song of glory."
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Joy to the world, the Lord is come.