John T. Willis

Sunday, December 26, 2010

To Tell It On The Mountain

At Christmas time, a rousing, encouraging song is: "Go tell it on the mountain."

Song writers derive one line for this when God was summoning the Judean exiles in Babylon to return to Jerusalem so God could begin again the life of his chosen people in Isaiah 42:11-12:
"Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
let them shout from the tops of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
and declare his praise in the coastlands."

Here is the song:

The shepherds all were watching,
While seated on the ground
A light from heaven descended
And glory shown around.

The light shown in the heavens,
To cover all the earth
It was a sign to tell men
About our Savior's birth.

The wise men came to worship
The holy child that day,
They found him in a manger;
Asleeping on the hay.

The refrain at the end of every verse is:
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

What a simple, powerful, moving song. I hope this song lifts YOUR heart. Rejoice in what God has done and continues to do--even in YOUR life.

Share YOUR insights and dreams with others. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis


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