Hymns of the Church – Volume 4
God calls his people to worship:
Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is Holy! (Psalm 99:9)
Worship is first for God, for he is holy, and worthy of all praise. Worship is also for us, and is a crucial way of forming the people of God. As we see God, we are changed. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18).
This recording reminds us of our desperate need for a Savior, one who will redeem “far as the curse is found.” We sing Israel’s (and our) longing for Emmanuel, and we pray for God to finish his redemptive work: “O come, O come Emmanuel!” We sing of the joy that has come (and will again come) to the whole world by his coming. These songs reflect on the lavishly generous redemptive work of God in Christ, and we pray they may honor God and build up his people.