The Mighty Joy of a Mighty God

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  • December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016

Bible Text: Isaiah 9:6 |


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, ... Prince of Peace”

-Isaiah 9:6

What a mighty God we serve, What a mighty God we serve!
Angels bow before Him, Heaven and earth adore Him,
What a mighty God we serve!

I grew up in a slightly more traditional Southern Baptist church. Hymns like this one were part and parcel for every Sunday morning service. We always sang them from the same, big brown book, with only a piano to accompany.

Now I'm in a more contemporary setting, with a wider variety of music...but the theology hidden in traditional hymns has always stuck with me. In preparing for this week's sermon on the Advent candle of Joy, we're looking at how Jesus was called "Mighty God" in the Old Testament, and immediately this song popped into my mind again. Most notably because it was an upbeat, joyous time of worship in a normally solemn church building! How unique and delightful it is to be caught up in a clapping, excited group of people singing about how mighty and powerful our God is that we serve.

One might (Unintended pun!) find it unusual to look at verses about the might of God and associate it with Joy, but does it have to be? Why can't we find delight in knowing that we are protected, loved, and cared for by Someone who we look up to as bigger and stronger than anything we could possibly fear? As we light the third candle in our Advent series, I'm so joyful at the chance to share in learning God's Word with you and yours!