Another hymn of anticipation is “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” by James Montgomery. It reminds us that Jesus was from the line of King David. This once again reinforces the point that he is fully God and yet fully human with a genealogy that can be traced back.
The hymn also is a statement of what Jesus function is, namely to be the King. It is worth pondering as we consider the humility of Christ being born as a baby in lowly circumstances that his destiny is to be the Ruler of all.
Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free;
To take away transgression and rule in equity.
He comes in succour speedy to those who suffer wrong;
To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong;
To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,
Whose souls, condemned and dying, were precious in His sight.
He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth;
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in His path to birth.
Before Him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go,
And righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.
O’er every foe victorious, He on His throne shall rest;
From age to age more glorious, all blessing and all blest.
The tide of time shall never His covenant remove;
His Name shall stand forever, His Name to us is Love.