Day 7: While Shepherds Watched their flocks

Open your Bible and turn to Luke 2: 8-14. Or click on this link and read it there. Then, as you read the following hymn, keep the verses in mind.

1. While Shepherds watched their flocks by night,
    All seated on the ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
    And glory shone all around.

2. "Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
    Had seized their troubled mind,
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
    To you and all mankind."

3. To you in David's town this day
    Is born of David's line
A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,
    And this shall be the sign.

4. The heav'nly Babe you there shall find,
    To human view display'd,
All meanly wrapp't in swaddling bands,
    And in a manger laid.

5. Thus spake the Seraph, and forthwith
    Appeared a shining throng
Of Angels, praising God, and thus
    Addressed their joyful song:

6. "All glory be to God on high,
    And to the earth be peace;
Good-will henceforth from Heaven to men
    Begin and never cease."

This hymn gets five stars for Biblical accuracy!  You can sing this carol with full confidence and gusto, knowing that you are singing almost the very words of Scripture!
Our family memorizes Luke 2 every couple years during December, and the past few days we have been learning verses 8-12.  We sing two different carols (at least) every day and I picked this one today:)  

Isn't it wonderful that the Peace on earth, the Prince of Peace, dwelt on earth among us? And when He ascended on high He gave us HIS PEACE! (John 14:26-27) Therefore we are not to "let our hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid!"
Does that remind anyone else of the angel's message?

It has great musical and lyrical beauty...can I have another favorite carol???? :)

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