Blogmas Day 18: “O Come Let Us Adore Him”

O Come Let Us Adore Him. It is part of the chorus to O Come, All Ye Faithful, but it has also become a song in its own right. Today (or rather, tonight–because I make most of these posts at the end of the day) I will be discussing two of these songs: Emmanuel by Norman Hutchins, and Let Us Adore by Elevation Worship.

Emmanuel:

Come
Come let us adore him
Kneel down before him
Worship and adore him

[Chorus]
Emmanuel x8
We worship you x?

Let Us Adore:

For the unclean, the unholy
For the broken, the unworthy
You came, Jesus you came

For the wounded, for the hurting
For the lost, and for the lonely
You came, Jesus you came

O come all ye faithful
Bow before our Savior
Come let us adore
The one who came for us
Glory in the highest
Praise the name of Jesus
Our King has come

For the outcast, the defeated
For the weary, for the weakest
You came, Jesus you came

O come let us adore him
For He alone is worthy
Our King has come
Our King has come
O give Him all the glory
For He alone is worthy
Our King has come
Our King has come

And then there’s the original, translated by Frederick Oakeley and written by John Francis Wade, here performed by Benita Jones:

1 O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

2 For he alone is worthy,
For he alone is worthy,
For he alone is worthy,
Christ the Lord.

3 Let’s praise his name together,
Let’s praise his name together,
Let’s praise his name together,
Christ the Lord.

4 We’ll give him all the glory,
We’ll give him all the glory,
We’ll give him all the glory,
Christ the Lord.

Many versions of one song with one theme: Adoration. Since I used up so much space with lyrics, I’ll keep my reflection on the shorter side.

Adoration is defined as “deep love and respect,” or, “worship and veneration.” To adore means to glorify or magnify, to exalt or pay tribute to. (Thanks, Oxford Dictionary!)

This ties in with my post from yesterday about giving glory to God. (But actually…*preacher voice* I’mma need you to take just five minutes and GIVE HIM THE GLORY!!!)

When I imagine adoration, I pretty much imagine the worship set I linked to above by Sis. Benita. At a certain point, the song drops out and everyone is in the presence. Sis. Benita is still serving as a leader, but for the most part, the Spirit is leading everything. It’s like what I wrote last week. When God’s presence falls, we respond. And we respond through worship and adoration.

Let Us Adore is another song that reminds us of why we adore. God came for us when we were still unworthy of God’s love and presence. We were unclean, unholy, broken, and unworthy, but through Christ, God has made us clean, holy, whole, and worthy. And while we are wounded, hurting, lost, and lonely, Jesus dwells with us. When we believe that we are outcasts, defeated, weary, and weak, God reminds us that we are adopted. That God has given us victory through Christ. That the joy of the Lord is our strength.

If that don’t make you SHOUT–

JJHMJO

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