Go Tell It On the Mountain

Today is the last day to write about a Christmas carol. Tomorrow it is back to the psalms. I’m excited to get back to the psalms though I’ve enjoyed this little detour through the hymns this Christmas season…hope you have as well. Our last Christmas carol is Go Tell it on the Mountain. As a pastor in New York, the lady who played piano so wonderfully for a lot of years there always liked to sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” on the Sunday after Christmas. The message of the song is to go out there and tell the story of the birth of Jesus to the world. The shepherds were the first to go out to tell the message of what they saw and heard: 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. Luke 2:17 This song opens with a description of the shepherds but then the focus turns to the rest of us. The last stanza says that God has made us “watchmen”, a clear reference to the words of the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel encourages God’s people to tell others of what God has done, even to warn them of God’s impending judgment as a watchman on a wall would warn a city of coming invaders. I hope that you regularly tell others about what Jesus has done in your life. That is the command for all followers of Jesus; whether you live in the mountains or in the valleys, go tell others about Jesus.


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