And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Have you ever stopped at these verses and rather than marvel at the amazing spectacle before the shepherds, pondered the words they sang? I must confess, until a few days ago I had not thought much about them. Yet they are wonderful words from the realms of Glory.
The Heavenly host were close to the Triune God, and knew what the Son laid aside to fulfill His Father’s will. They knew the mission that lay ahead and the Love that was the foundation of it; thus the first words are glorifying the Almighty. They sang sweetly and sincerely, in loving adoration with not a doubt. They gave their best to Him.
They sing of the true Peace of Christmas which cost Heaven its greatest treasure, the Son of God. This was no insipid worldy peace but a Peace so immense in every way, with a Heavenly heart beating throughout eternity available to all men. Look at the last phrase; Almighty God is pleased with man! The Greek suggests that we have His approval, and good will…He has chosen to pardon us through His Son! The Heavenly host sang this wondrous news jubilantly, not before Kings but before shepherds in the fields. What a beautiful song beyond any comparison!
Dear reader, in the words of Heaven’s sweet song that night we get a glimpse of the cost of Salvation. The angelic choir understood the immensity of Heaven’s ransom for us, yet they still sang. Ponder this song, feel the depth and warmth of His love for you across the centuries of time, stretching into eternity.
* This devotion is inspired from my reading of C.H. Spurgeon’s book Joy Born At Bethlehem which can be freely downloaded. It is a series of sermons with a Christmas theme worth reading.