Most people know about the “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Frederick Handel’s magnificent oratorio, “Messiah.” The entire work was composed between August 22 and September 14, 1741. How astonishing is that?! Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, as a charity benefit. Centuries later, Handel’s genius in putting Old and New Testament Scriptures to awe-inspiring music is just as beautiful and relevant today as it was in 1742. To truly appreciate Handel’s greatest work, is to follow the thread from Old to New Testament Scriptures, as they point to Jesus the Messiah. It is also important to know that after the “Hallelujah Chorus,” there are six more pieces of music with extremely encouraging and powerful Scriptures to uplift our souls to the heavenly realms:
“I Know That My Redeemer Livith“:
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin is destroyed I will see God” (Job 19:25-26).
“Since By Man Came Death – For As In Adam, Even So In Christ”:
“For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a Man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:21).
“Behold, I tell you A Mystery” and “The Trumpet Shall Sound”:
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will all be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:51-56).
“Worthy Is The Lamb Who Was Slain”:
“Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12b).
“Amen. Come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen [so be it]” (Revelation 22:20b-21).
If one stops listening to Handel’s “Messiah” at the end of the “Hallelujah Chorus”, one will be missing the whole point of why Jesus came to die. He came to die so we may be set free from the power of sin and be made alive in Christ for all eternity. Above all else, for this reason alone, God deserves our prayers of adoration and praise and our undying gratitude and commitment to live for Christ and for the glory of His Name.
During the Lenten Season, I have made it a practice to listen to Handel’s “Messiah” several times, during these special forty days, as part of my Prayer of Adoration. Listening and thinking about the Scriptures concerning the Messiah [the Savior of the world] put to music has made my prayer of adoration “out of this world” and has been a great encouragement to me. I also turn to my church hymnal, which I own, to also aid me in my Prayers of Adoration. I did not grow up in a church that sang the “old” traditional hymns. I heard them for the first time at the age of eighteen and have loved them ever since. Every now and then, I wake up in the morning with a hymn “playing” in my head. My #1 most favorite hymn is:
Fairest Lord Jesus
(Anonymous German Hymn, Munster Gesangbuch, 1677)
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of
God and man the Son: Thee will I cherish, Thee will I
honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the
Blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is
purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight, And all the
twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines
Purer Than all the angels in heaven can boast.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of
God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, Praise,
adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine! Amen
During this Hholy Season of Lent, I pray that Jesus will plant His Song of Joy in our hearts and that we will sing His praises forevermore!.