Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Christmas Carols

What puts a song in your heart?

  • Your favorite playlist?
  • Your wedding song?
  • Christmas carols?

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the music. You may be tired of hearing Christmas carols that have already been playing since Halloween. For many, the joy of those carols slowly dissipates until we have nothing left by December 25th.

But Christmas carols can provide more than mere distraction and entertainment. They communicate spiritual truths in wonderfully memorable ways. If you’re like me, you may have a difficult time with memorization, including memorizing Scripture verses. But if you know the words to many familiar Christmas carols, you probably have more Bible verses memorized or paraphrased than you realize!

For example, consider the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” originally written by Charles Wesley. Before you groan at the thought of listening to yet another Christmas carol, read the words as if for the first time…

Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God” (Luke 2:13).

Glory to the newborn King:
“Glory to God in the highest…” (Luke 2:14).

Peace on earth, and mercy mild:
“…and on earth peace…” (Luke 2:14).

God and sinners reconciled!:
“…to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies:
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10).

With the angelic host proclaim:
“Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God” (Luke 2:13).

Christ is born in Bethlehem!:
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Hark! the herald angels sing:
“Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God” (Luke 2:13).

Glory to the newborn King!:
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2).

Enjoy the carols of Christmas. And while you’re at it, enjoy the amount of Scripture you didn’t know you knew!

Think of your favorite Christmas carol – how many Bible verses can you identify in its lyrics?

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6 Comments

  1. Pat Weimer

    I didn’t know this. Thank you. I will enjoy the Christmas carols even more!! Love, Blessings and Merry Christmas 💕💕

  2. Sue

    Love this, Ava! Thank you for helping to make the Christmas carols more meaningful and turning our minds and voices toward God’s Words🎄😊

  3. Ava Pennington

    Thank you, Sue & Pat!

  4. Jessica Brodie

    Yes! I love realizing the Scriptures are woven throughout these songs.

  5. Julie

    It’s so awesome to see how these carols have even more meaning that I realized! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Melissa Henderson

    I love singing Christmas carols. I love finding Scripture in those songs.

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