“Hark! The herald angels sing.” Hark means to listen carefully. It is a strong word that we rarely here anymore. Herald angels are messenger angels. Herald is another word, which has fallen out of popular usage with the demise of city newspapers. Today, the favorite media term is breaking news.
The publishing angels proclaimed the birth of the new born king, which is the most important event of history; it was an announcement of peace to a world in strife, a promise of tender mercies to minds tormented with guilt.
“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” —2 Cor 5:19
With the herald angels, disciples of Christ are commanded to preach the message of reconciliation between God and sinners; whereby sinners are transformed into saints.
This hymn is more than a Christmas Carol; it is an Easter hymn; it heralds, “Christ has risen with healing in his wings!” When men make peace with God through repentance and faith in his death and resurrection, distressed minds become serene.
Few heard the multitude of the heavenly host singing that night, because few were carefully listening. Anxious souls, hearken to those that Herald the truth, then your mind will experience a tranquility, which no medication can provide.
“Join the triumph of the skies.” Hark and Sing your way to a perfect peace this Christmas season, mediate and pray over the words you are singing. Then tell the world, that “Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark, then herald the good news!