Thursday, December 19
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Isaiah 40: 9-11
Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” Behold, the Lord God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him.
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night, behold, throughout the heavens there shone a holy light. [Refrain]
The shepherds feared and trembled when lo! above the earth rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior‘s birth. [Refrain]
Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn. [Refrain]
“Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., dating back to at least 1865…This actually was a difficult task for Work as (Negro spirituals) were passed down verbally, from plantation to plantation; very few were ever written down. But Work proved up to the challenge, publishing his first book, New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, in Songs of the American Negro, six years later. It was in this second volume that “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” first appeared. The original singers of the song accomplished the same valued task the angels gave the shepherds on the first Christmas night outside of Bethlehem, proclaiming, “that Jesus Christ is born!” And now, thanks to publishings of John Wesley Work, so can we. (Godtube.com/Go Tell It On the Mountain)
Dear Lord, May we carry this song of inspiration with us today as we spread the joy of the season, Jesus, with everyone one we meet. What GOOD NEWS we have to share in the birth of our Savior and in our redemption through You, oh Lord. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.