“Break into song together, you ruins of Jerusalem! The Lord has comforted his people and has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm in view of all the nations; all the ends of the earth have seen our God’s victory.” Isaiah 52:9-10
One of my favorite Christmas movies is “Elf” with Will Ferrell. One of my favorite scenes from that movie is when Buddy (the elf) breaks into song in the middle of the department store to prove to Jovy that there’s no difference between singing alone and singing in public. It’s hilarious! If you’re anything like me, breaking into song isn’t totally out of the norm. When I’m happy, I sing! Not all of you share this trait with me (or Buddy the Elf) but the prophet Isaiah is telling the people of Jerusalem to do just this — “Break into song together …”! This prophet was predicting the goodness of God for the people of Jerusalem and encouraging them to celebrate through song. During Advent and at Christmas, we celebrate the way God “comforted and redeemed” us through Jesus, and we have songs and hymns that we sing this time of year to celebrate. Take time this Christmas season to “break into song together” and celebrate who God was, is, and will be!