I love Handel’s Messiah. Every time I am in the car I play it. It is a piece of music that can make me feel better about things. Just thinking about it now and wondering why don’t I have a copy of it in the house. I need to remedy that right away.
Before I discovered all the beauty that is Messiah, I only knew it as a Christmas song. For some reason the Hallelujah Chorus is a hallmark of the Christmas season. Oh hey, did you see the video of the Random Act of Culture in the Philadelphia’s Macy’s? Here you go in case you missed it.
One thing I find interesting, other than the fact that we all stand during the chorus, is that even though we really think of it as a Christmas song, it is the chorus of the resurrection of Jesus. An Easter song. He shall reign forever. The verse following the chorus is from Job 19. “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” I just love it. I know my Redeemer lives! From Job! From the Old Testament! Isn’t that incredible? How can that not make you feel better?
If you start at the beginning of the oratorio and listen all the way through, you will hear the entire story of our Savior. It starts with the prophecies and moves into his birth, death, resurrection and, finally, the second coming. “The trumpet shall sound!” Love that one! My favorite verse is from Psalm 24. “Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates” I put that verse on whenever I need a little pick me up. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “singing the psalms”.
Now, you may think that my kids are completely tired of listening to my music, but they aren’t. In fact, the more I play it, the more they become familiar with, and like anything other song, once we get a little more familiar, we like it better. They will never admit that they like it to me, but they don’t complain when I have it on either. I can’t imagine only listening to it at Christmas time.