Hallelujah!
() - December 20, 2009 - 12:00am

I know that my Redeemer lives.   Job 19:25

Composer George Frideric Handel was bankrupt when in 1741 a group of Dublin charities offered him a commission to write a musical work. It was for a benefit performance to raise funds to free men from a debtors’ prison. He accepted that commission and gave himself tirelessly to work on it.

In just 24 days, Handel composed the well-known masterpiece Messiah, which contains “The Hallelujah Chorus.” During that time, he never left his home and often went without eating. At one point, a servant found him weeping over his evolving score. Recounting his experience, Handel wrote, “Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows.” Afterwards he also said, “I did think I did see all heaven before me and the great God Himself.”

“The Hallelujah Chorus” stirs my soul whenever I hear it, as I’m sure it does yours. But let’s be sure we do more than resonate to that magnificent music. Let’s open our hearts in faith and adoration for the Messiah promised in the book of Isaiah (Isa. 9:1-7). He has come to us in the person of Jesus Christ to be our Savior: “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder” (v. 6).— Vernon Grounds

Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration

Now and forevermore be Thine!      — Seiss (trans.)

 

READ: Isaiah 9:1-7

God’s highest Gift awakens  our deepest gratitude.

The Bible in one year:

• Revelation 11-16

• Proverbs 29:1-7

BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR COMPOSER GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL GOD HIMSELF HALLELUJAH CHORUS ISA JESUS CHRIST SEISS SON OF GOD AND SON OF MAN VERNON GROUNDS WHETHER I
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