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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 6

ABCs of Christmas (E) – Psalm 34:3

How can you exalt the Lord?

The “E” of Christmas is Exalt. This is an action that should be reserved for God. If you exalt a person they may become filled with pride. No matter how skilled a person is in any area, God is the one who should be praised.

David wrote, “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (v. 3). While Jesus was still in Mary’s womb and before Mary had seen him, she said, “My soul doth magnify [exalt] the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. . . . holy is his name” (Luke 1:46, 47, 49).

Beautiful music is a very important part of the celebration of Christmas. Music touches and moves people’s hearts and emotions. Many different writers have been motivated by a desire to exalt the Savior that God sent to the earth, and they have expressed their feelings in music.

George Frederic Handel was one of these composers. He was almost penniless, but a friend gave him a list of Scriptures scratched on a sheet of paper. That night he could not sleep because the Scriptures kept going through his mind. He finally sat at the piano and began writing. He played and wrote for three weeks.

Finally Messiah was finished, and he allowed a friend into the room where he was working. The composer was at his piano, sheets of music strewn around him, tears streaming down his face. “I do believe I have seen all of heaven before me and the great God Himself,” he exclaimed. Later, when it was performed, the audiences were stirred beyond description. At the second performance, as the “Hallelujah Chorus” was sung, the King of England was so touched that he stood, and the custom continues until this day.

This beautiful music was written to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if you can’t sing or play beautiful music, make sure you exalt Him during this Christmas season.