Prepare the royal highway; the King of kings is near!
Let ev'ry hill and valley a level road appear!
Then greet the King of glory, foretold in sacred story:
This is one of my favorite hymns to sing during Advent. It is so hopeful, and full of imagery of Isaiah’s prophecy which promises the appearance of a Holy Way for God’s people, one which is paved through and protected from all the wildernesses we have in the world. The people on this Holy Way rejoice, because their King, their promised Messiah has come near.
God's people, see Him coming: your own eternal King!
Palm branches lay before Him! Spread garments, shout and sing!
His promise will not fail you! No more shall doubt assail you!
While an Advent hymn, this is also appropriate for Palm Sunday. As the King of Kings passes along the Holy Way, God’s people look to Jesus with love, praising and honoring the one who leads us beyond all doubts, faithful to God’s promises to overcome all fear, all weakness, all dangers.
Then fling the gates wide open to greet your Lord and King,
that ours and ev'ry nation their tribute here may bring.
All lands will bow before Him; with singing now adore Him
All things that once separated God from God’s people have now been overcome. And God’s love now flows along the Holy Way for all people to drink. God’s promises are effective and are announced along the Holy Way which leads to all points in the world. There is no end to God’s prevalent mercies.
His is no earthly kingdom; it comes from heav'n above.
His rule is peace and freedom and justice, truth and love.
So let your praise be sounding for mercy so abounding:
The blessings of the Kingdom of Heaven have come to earth. All the systems and attitudes that oppress God’s people, that keep them in prison have been replaced by a new rule where the law of love governs our lives and it is love in the flesh of God’s son that inaugurates everlasting peace for all. The Holy Way is the way of truth and justice, because it is paved with God’s unfailing love for us.
Hosanna to the Lord, for He fulfills His Word!
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Devotions for the week of December 11, 2016
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