O Come Dayspring

O Come Dayspring

We continue our series breaking down the lyrics behind O Come O Come Emmanuel. This week we’re discussing the 3rd verse

O come thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thy justice here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

The term “Dayspring” refers to point on the horizon that the sun emerges.

O Come Emmanuel incorporates mostly prophecy into its verses. Dayspring is not different. Dayspring is in Luke 1:78, Isaiah 9:1-2, and Matthew 4:16 (NB it is rarely translated “dayspring” anymore.)

In all these cases, the promise is for a justice to come to earth.

Biblical Justice is not punitive, it is restorative.

Read Isaiah 1:16-17

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

Or Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream

When the Dayspring came, he brought with him the justice of God.

O come thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thy justice here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

The Kingdom of God that Jesus promised with the dawning of God making the world right.

God’s light that he was shining into the world through Christ, was him restoring the world to it’s perfection and beauty.

As we often say, “the part of you that says, ‘this isn’t right. it shouldn’t be this way,’ is the Divine spark in you.”

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

We are invited to shine light into dark places.

Jesus is sending us into the unjust, broken, torn down, poor, imprisoned parts of creation to bring restoration, hope, healing, and redemption.
When we rebuild what is broken, we make the Light real.

  1. Shine light through small acts of kindness… often we overemphasize the big, news level problems and overlook how sharing your strength with some can change their world. Mentoring a new employee, watching the neighbors kids so that they can have a date night, or simply praying for your family goes far in restoring the broken.
  2. Shine the light by sharing your time, talents and treasures… your gifts (material, social, intellectual, etc.) are not for you to serve yourself but to serve the world. Of course God wants you to enjoy his gifts. They’re just best enjoyed when they’re given away.
  3. Shine the light by being in the light… no one is meant to shine alone. You are not the light. Jesus is. You weren’t meant to shine disconnected from the Spirit of God. If you want to burn bright, first connect with Jesus.


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