Christmas Devotionals – 12/09

By Steve Clifton
Isaiah 60-61
 
Sing it with me!  “Ri-ise, and shi-ine and give God the glory, glory!”
 
As a kid who grew up in Sunday School, I tend to associate several scriptures with worship songs we learned and sang together many many times.
 
In today’s passage that begins with this song, Isaiah is foretelling the coming of the Messiah and is praising God for His plan for salvation!  In 60:6, Isaiah foretells that “They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.”
 
I don’t know about you, but when I look back on my childhood, in addition to the Rolodex of worship songs ingrained in my mind, my memories of Christmas and the month leading up to it didn’t revolve around me or my family bringing gifts to Jesus, my Messiah who has come, it was about me getting gifts.  Today’s society makes it even harder to direct the thoughts of our families and the direction of the glory that we give in this season to Jesus.
 
Talk with your family about how we can “bring gifts to Jesus” this Christmas season. Can you do that by loving the “least of these” and serving others where you live in some way?  Can you invite someone to come to church with you to celebrate His coming?  Consider bringing Him gifts even today by giving Him glory through worship as you sing this song together!
 
(If you don’t know the melody, give me a call I will sing it for you….seriously I will)
 
Rise, and shine and give God the glory, glory!
Rise, and shine and give God the glory, glory!
Rise. and. shine. and. Give God the Glory, Glory, children of the Lord!
 
P.S. – wouldn’t it be great if we all got up on Christmas morning and sang this?!