Hymn Stories #18 - What Beautiful Christmas Carol was actually banned by the churches in France? Let’s talk about that tonight on our Nightly Bible Devotions.
Tonight we are going to talk about singing carols. Carols have been been a part of worship for thousands of years… but not the worship of Christ. The first carols were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year which takes place about December 22. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! The pagans used carols during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.
The church, as it often did in those days, tried to incorporate pagan holidays and traditions into the church to make the transition for these pagan worshipers easier. These pagan carols were either given new lyrics or totally new songs were written to replace the pagan ones.
The Hymn we are talking about tonight was banned from French Churches because the author was a Socialist and the composer was a Jew. But God used this beautiful song in many ways... peace on the battle field... abolition of slavery... and a powerful look at what was done on one special night.
Psalm 30 -A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.