This song was written by Jerry Salley and was recorded by the Martins… included on their album, Light Of The World.
Jerry Salley is an American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter. Salley won SESAC’s 2003 “Country Music Songwriter of the Year” award. Salley is a 6-time Dove Award nominee, and won a Dove award in 1990 for Inspirational Song of the Year; winning the award for co-writing “His Strength is Perfect”, with Steven Curtis Chapman.
The Martins are a Christian music vocal trio composed of 3 siblings: Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin, and Judy Martin Hess.
Discovered by Michael English and Mark Lowry with Bill Gaither at the 1987 National Quartet Convention mid-day booth cleanup. The kids, then ages 15, 16 and 17 were singing a capella in an empty Civic Center after being rejected by a local record company who told them to go back home and forget about trying to make it in “the business.”
But, following a weekend visit to their home town by Eddie Howard, they signed with Mark Five Records who launched their first album release in 1990, which quickly ran up the gospel charts. In 1990, a second album sealed their position in Gospel Music and the contract was sold to Springhill Records that would take them to an all new level of marketing. The Martins’ “big break” came in 1992 when Michael English and Mark Lowry insisted that Gloria Gaither listen to the group audition in the women’s restroom prior to a Gaither Homecoming video recording in Indiana. Gloria told Bill that he had to let them sing in the video. They have gone on to appear in over two dozen Homecoming videos. The group has also recorded over a dozen albums.
Originally from Hamburg, Arkansas – near the Louisiana border – the vocalists grew up firmly planted in the Southern Gospel tradition, so it is not surprising that, as they have matured, a broad range of influences have entered their musical mix.
Their portfolio of songs includes every musical palate, ranging from innovative and refashioned hymn arrangements to contemporary songs of praise and worship.
This song is filled with great harmony and reminds me of songs we sang growing up in my hometown church.
Bible Reference… Micah 5:2; Luke 2:1-7; John 7:42
O Bethlehem town…
There’s a chill in the midnight air, silence in the street;
the whole town settles down for a night of peaceful sleep.
But, tonight there’s no rest for a woman giving birth,
knowing she will soon deliver God’s grace to this earth.
O Bethlehem town, chosen as the place
where the love of God can be found on a Baby’s face.
For, in a manger lies a little Boy;
earth’s only Hope, Heaven’s greatest Joy sent down… to Bethlehem town.
It could have been a palace built with gold and fancy things,
with a bed of satin to welcome a new King.
But, instead, a humble stall became His bed today;
who would think that God, Himself, would honor you this way? (CHORUS)
Eyes of God that looked down on the human race,
are looking up today… from a Child’s face. (CHORUS)