O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
This is a song of longing. The spirit cries out for the Lord’s coming to us… for that which was promised through the Prophet Isaiah… for Emmanuel’s advent. Come, Emmanuel, God with us. Come in, intimately close. Come be with us.
Each verse of the song starts out with those words of beckoning, of yearning, “O come, O come…” How we need Him! What a parched land we are without the water of His presence! What relief the dew and the rain and the rivers of His nearness bring to our thirsty souls!
And thus the chorus exclaims in jubilation, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel… Shall come to thee, O Israel!” Every time we cry out for Him, He comes. With each verse, we cry out; and with each chorus, He joyfully, eagerly answers. He comes in close. This masterful music depicts to our hearts this promise: “Come close to God, and God will come close to you” (James 4:8, NLT).
You see, He, too, longs for us to call out to Him this way. In fact, He beat us to the punch. He was calling out to us before we even called out to Him: “I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’… All day long I opened my arms…” (Isa. 65:1-2, NLT).
Do you hear those yearning words from His heart to yours? “Here I am, here I am!” Draw close to Him this Advent season. Emmanuel is waiting. He will, He will, He will come close to you.
Is there one special thing about the Christmas season that makes you feel extra close to God? Or something that opens up your awareness to His closeness?