Charles Wesley 1707-1788
Charles Wesley wrote eighteen Christmas songs during a time when Christians only sang scripture directly from the Bible. He longed for them to apply the scripture to every part of their lives. The words of this hymn tell of the prophecy regarding Jesus’s birth and how He should be the “joy of every longing heart.”
Hymns are more than words we sing. They are truths from God’s word that we can sing as we go about our everyday lives.
Pick a hymn and let the words sink deep in your heart today.
- Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
- Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne