GOD WILL BE
Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century (Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale, Mediaeval Hymns, 1851. Neale’s original translation began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel.”Music: Veni Emmanuel, from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns (the setting for the funeral hymn Libera me); arranged by Thomas Helmore in the Hymnal Noted, Part II (London: 1856) .
The lyrics echo a number of prophetic themes. The title comes from the well known Isaiah 7:14: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel is Hebrew for “God with us.” The “Rod of Jesse” refers to Isaiah 11:1: “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse”; Jesse was the father of David, second king of Israel. “Day-Spring” comes from Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, in Luke 1:78: “The dayspring from on high has visited us.” “Thou Key of David” is in Isaiah 22:22: “The key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder,” which in turn refers to Isaiah 9:6 “The government shall be upon His shoulder.”
How many have ever prayed the prayer, “God be with me, be with us”?
God be with us on this trip. Grant us safety. Be with the kids in the backseat, so they don’t kill each other while we drive.
God be with us as we go to the shopping mall. Help us to find the best bargains. Help us to find a good parking space.
God be with us as we begin this New Year.
God be with me as I take this final exam.
God be with me as I go for this new job.
There is a built in contradiction here. We call Him EMMANUEL, yet we pray, God please be with me.
YOU CAN FACE ANYTHING IF YOU KNOW WHO IS WITH YOU.
God does not always answer the WHY questions.
History is filled with stories of really bad things that happened to people but they didn’t let it stop them and somehow God brought incredibly good things out of it.