Go Tell It On The Mountain

I’m going to be completely honest, I was never a fan of this song. I had this preset image of what Christmas carols were supposed to be and this song was way too upbeat to fit within my Christmas carol boundaries. Funny, isn’t that how we live life today? With preset notions of what things are supposed to look like. Up until a few years ago, I really tried to live a picture perfect life. My house had to be magazine perfect. I seriously would not sit down until every last chore was done. On top of being the perfect wife, mother and housekeeper, I also strived for absolute perfection at work. Life was so exhausting, and I was always so focused on perfecting the imperfections. So what changed? I opened my mind to accepting the imperfections as normal. I mean, we are all imperfect, right? God knows that and He accepts us anyway. Although we should all strive to be good and live by His ways, He knows we will mess up. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect or live perfectly placed lives. He knows life is messy and hectic. In fact, the Christmas story is a direct reflection of Jesus being born under imperfect conditions into this highly imperfect world.

While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When low above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed our Savior’s birth.

Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Verse 1, Refrain, Verse 2

Setting up the scene for you, check out this excerpt from the original post in this series, Angels We Have Heard on High:
“The land of Judea has many different terrains; it has plains, hills and mountains. It’s night, back in a time where there were no street lights. I like to think that even the moonlight was dim on this night. The light on this night would come in the form of God himself being born in the flesh. Since everything pales in comparison, I picture this night very, very dark. Shepherds tending their flocks of sheep in the hilly terrain… …Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared with the good news of a Savior, The Messiah, coming to earth (Luke 2:9). I don’t know about you, but I would fully expect an angel of the Lord to have a grand appearance, something bold with light to offset the darkness of the night… …the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2: 13-14)”

Photo credit: Snows Paintings – oil on canvas by Steven Snow

The sky lighting up and an angel of the Lord appearing out of no where would most definitely be scary, but can you imagine how humbling it would be to witness the armies of Heaven praising and glorifying God? I mean, the volume alone must have shaken the earth.

Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Verse 3, Refrain

Jesus, God in the flesh could have made a grand entrance into the world. He could have come like a mighty storm, with all the strength of a hurricane. He could have come like a forest fire, with the power of Heaven in His flame. But he chose to come quietly, like a winter snow (Lyrics from Winter Snow by Chris Tomlin). He could have just stepped down out of Heaven and bypassed all the messiness that comes with childbirth but he chose to be born like all of us. He chose a stable as his birthplace, He chose the less than ideal conditions, and He chose a feeding trough as His crib. He chose to experience childhood and all the things that accompany new life. There’s nothing more humbling to me than knowing Jesus chose all of that just so He could connect with me on my level.

When I was a lonely seeker
I sought both night and day
I asked the Lord to help me
And He showed me the way

He made me a watchman
Upon the city wall,
And if I am a Christian,
I am the least of all.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Verses 4 & 5, Refrain

These verses are so relatable to me. For years, I was a lonely seeker. I sought to fill the void inside me with whatever I could find – work, social media, good deeds, relationships, friendships, charity events, church services – but all these things only covered the surface. They never completely filled the hole I felt deep inside. Isn’t that the truth for life here on earth? God created humans to live in the Garden with Him. When sin entered the world in the form of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, all humans were separated from God. Living apart from Him, we will always be lacking of His original plan for us. We all have Heaven-sized holes and no earthly substance will ever last long enough to completely fill the void. That’s why Jesus came to earth! He bridges the gap and mends the tear between God and humans. God, in Spirit form (The Holy Spirit) is the only thing that will ever fit in that Heaven-sized hole. And He is the only thing that will remain in place without fading. We may choose to walk away or let our light grow dim, but Jesus will always be there. He is the perfection we so deeply crave. And once we realize that and allow Him to fill our void, we will want to tell everyone. It won’t matter if you’re in a valley or on a mountaintop. When you declare Jesus as your Savior, there is no holding back your praise. The joy inside of you has to be unleashed. So, go and tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is your Lord!

Inviting You to Refocus Your Soul, to Expand God’s Kingdom & Find His Blessings, ❤ Renee

Go Tell It On The Mountain by Maverick City Music (feat. Melvin Crispell III & Chandler Moore


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