We hear the whisper of Christmas in the glorious praise offered from David’s pen. David stood before the congregation and announced the promise of God for His rule in the world through His Messiah. God whispered His grace into David’s soul, promising the Supreme King who would come to rule the earth and make it right. David announces the fulfillment of God’s reign through the King of kings.
I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” (Psalm 2:7, NKJV)
God calls out, “You are My son” and “I have begotten you.” Now, this is not merely a spiritual rule in the world. It is the promise of the future fulfillment of Christ’s rule as the king of the world when He will one day take His throne in Jerusalem. The King will come to the center of the world and rule the earth. During this reign, Satan will be bound (Rev 20:1-4) and any rebellion will be put down with His iron rod of righteousness (see, Matt 13:37-43).
The psalmist sang his praise and said, “The Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation” (Ps 149:4). The Lord desires for His favor to fall upon this world in a way that humanity has never seen, so He sends Jesus to become flesh and bone so that all might see the glory of God unveiled this side of eternity.
God sent Jesus to bring beauty to the broken, to adorn them with the light of His salvation. He showers them with His glory and offers the beauty of victory to transform their broken world. The world had been waiting for this day of God’s great movement, the Day when God’s beautiful gift of love would be unveiled on his dark world.
Christmas means that we live in a world where the wintry chill of death’s shadow has been shattered with the warmth of God’s love. Trade in the wintry landscape of a lifeless, hopeless, loveless existence for the pleasure of God’s salvation. Trade in the shroud of death’s dark shadows for the splendor of Christ’s majestic light. Trade in the chains of the devil’s power for the celebration dance of Christ’s victory. Trade in the broken heart and battered soul for the healing embrace of God’s favor. Trade in the ashes for the beauty. Trade in the lyrics of despair for the song of joy. Trade in the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise.