You probably won’t hear this month’s hymn on the radio or wafting through the halls of shopping centers. You probably won’t sing it in church either. It’s a Christmas carol written by the very best of men, though: the father of the protestant reformation, Martin Luther. And it is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful expressions of awe and praise for the glory of the incarnation I have ever heard. It was a little difficult for me to choose an unknown hymn for Christmas time. There are just so many beautiful carols to teach to our children. But I could not escape the beauty and depth of these words.
All praise to Thee, eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
I hope they cause you to cast yourself in worship before Jesus this month. May God soften our hearts and cause us to be stunned before the miracle of the incarnation.
“…The eternal Son of God, without ceasing to be God, took on a fully human nature. This is what Christians have long called “the incarnation.” And what a magnificent truth and fuel for worship this is. Jesus didn’t just become man because He could. This was no circus stunt, just for show. He became man, in the words of the ancient creed, “for us and for our salvation.” The eternal Word became frail human flesh and blood to save us from our sin and to free us to marvel at and enjoy the unique union of divinity and humanity in this one spectacular person.” – David Mathis
Do please join us as we memorize these beautiful lines during the month of December. If it’s helpful to you, please use our YouTube channel to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. Check out our Christmas hymn playlist while you’re there! And definitely download our free printable lyrics and music to help you along. We’ve also included the hymn’s background and several other resources in the Fall Hymn Guide. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Fall Hymn Guide, it will be available for FREE until the end of 2019. After that, it will be available for a small donation. Email us to let us know if you are interested in getting a copy!
We encourage you all to gather up your families, for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. By the end of December, you are encouraged to post either a photo or video inspired by the song on Instagram. Every time you post, you will be entered into a drawing for a little something special. Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Let us know if you’ll be joining in!
For His glory,