December 25, 2012

God with us

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13–14)

Angels were present on many important occasions, joining in a solemn chorus to praise their Almighty Creator. They were present at the creation: “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

They had seen planets fashioned by God and hurled by His hands through of space. They sang songs over the creation and may have often declared, “Blessing and honor, and glory, and majesty, and power, and dominion, and might, be unto him that sits on the throne” (Revelation 5:13).

The angelic songs gathered force through the ages. When first created, their first breath was song, so when they saw God create new worlds, then their songs rose higher in adoration.

But when the time came, the angels saw God stoop from His throne and become a babe nursing at His mother’s breast and they lifted their notes higher still. As Spurgeon says, they reached the uttermost stretch of angelic music and gained the highest notes on the divine scale of praise.

They sang, “Glory to God in the highest” for higher in goodness they felt God could not go. Their highest praise was given to His most incredible action of our Creator God.

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

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