Advent with Messiah: 4 of 24

View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.

Handel used ‘word-painting’ in Messiah. Note for example how the pitch rises when the singer gets to “the LORD shall arise upon thee”. Nice, right?

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
-Isaiah 60:2-3

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
-Isaiah 9:2