Verse of the Day


"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'"

~Luke 2:13-14


Today's Devotional Thought

December 19, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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And the Angels Sing

Last night, we had one of our last rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata at our church. At one point during rehearsal, our director starting talking about her love of music and the amazing place it has in our worship. She shared how music has enriched her life and how it just adds so much to the richness of life.

As I have thought about her words, I have just thought and thought about the choirs of angels that appeared praising God when Jesus arrived to earth. You know I love to imagine things and I have just tried to wrap my mind around what a sky full of angels looks like.

Whew...can you imagine it?

Luke describes the scene in Chapter 2 of his book:

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

I love verse 15. I can imagine that they did want to go see what was going on in Bethlehem after a sky full of angels just appeared praising God!

Again, whew...

What must that have looked like?

What did it sound like?

I imagine it was the most beautiful sight and sound that they had ever heard. And that night, music marked the birth of the long awaited Savior. God's plan, a plan that had been in motion for hundreds of years, had reached a pinnacle moment and Jesus was born.

And the angels appeared and praised God.

Have you ever been in a large cathedral listening to a choir sing praises to God? The fullness of the music and the echoes of the voices in perfect harmony just fill the vast cathedral ceilings and to me, it feels like angels singing all around.

That is how I imagine that night in the countryside.

In a vast open countryside, I imagine the angels filling the sky and filling the shepherds ears and hearts with praises of their Lord.

Full, echoed praises glorifying God.

Like the ones you would hear in a cathedral. Only this filled the night sky. The never ending night sky.

The vastness and fullness of the glory of God announcing the birth of the Savior.

Makes me well up just thinking about the awesomeness of that sight. The most precious gift from our Father arrived to all of us, presented to the lowliest shepherds as a symbol of the availability of this gift to everyone. And presented with a glorious display of choral excellence.

How can you not sing Hallelujah when you imagine that sight and that glorious sound...






Memorize this verse today:

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'"
~Luke 2:13-14



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