December 20 (O Key of David)




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Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!  


O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.  


Isaiah had prophesied: "I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open." Isaiah 22:22 "His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore." Isaiah 9:7 "...To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house." Isaiah 42:7.  


O Clavis David: O Key of David

(Written by Trisha Welstad)  


Emmanuel Come! The birth of Christ our Savior is nearly here. We anticipate the arrival of the baby, a king, descended from the line of David. We place our hope in the coming of a new kingdom through Jesus. This kingdom greatly surpasses that of his forefathers. Spanning from the moment of Christ’s birth on to eternity, the kingdom of God has become radically present on earth and in heaven.  


When we look at Jesus’ ancient grandfather David we see that he was a man who followed the Lord with all of his heart.  Things did not always go well for David. His life reveals that although he was anointed to be king, there was darkness and death that faced him early on. He was forced to leave his home, he was hunted down, and both his father in law and son tried to kill him. Yet, in all of the anguish and loneliness David draws near to God.  David knew that the Lord was his key to salvation.  When David walked through the valley of the shadow of death he did not fear.  He trusted God to lead him safely on. Even if that safety was into the real presence of his God in heaven.   


David’s journey in some ways foretells that of Jesus’ life. Jesus would be anointed by a woman with her perfume, he was betrayed by one of his own disciples, and although he did not run, he was hunted down and hung on the cross. Yet, in all of this he conquered and his reign goes beyond that of death. In Christ’s resurrection, he opened the way to heaven for all who were bound to sin.   


As God was the key to David’s life so Christ is our key to salvation. By him, we are granted new life that goes beyond death and to eternity in heaven. Our journey is not simple or easy. There are moments of emptiness and brokenness and there are moments where we are restored and guided back to the paths of righteousness.  


In Jesus’ birth, we are given a new destiny. Emmanuel has come and we have no need to fear death. The one who reigns on high is here. Christ has opened heaven to us. We only need entrust our hearts and our very lives, as David did, to the one who comes to lead us to dwell in the house of the house of the Lord forever.  He is the key of David. Our response is simply to enter and Rejoice!  


Oh, come, O Key of David, come,

And open wide our heav'nly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!


The Magnificat (Song of Mary) - Luke 1:46-55  


My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior  


Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name

Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name  


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.  


From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.  


He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.


He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.   


He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.


He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.  


He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,


The promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.


Musical refrain by J. Brooke Fenwick