“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Luke 2:13-14 NLT
What a sound it must have been. All the armies of Heaven praising God and wishing peace to the people.
I wonder who else heard it? Was it just a concert for the shepherds? Were there others wakened from their slumber to find the host of Heaven in concert? Did Mary and Joseph hear the song?
It might seem a waste, if it were all only for the shepherds. A handful of night workers, the only witnesses to the greatest music ever.
But that’s God-sized generosity, isn’t it? A handful of the lowest bearing witness to the beauty and triumph of the highest. I like that thought, very much.
I am also convinced, though, that the joy of Heaven simply could not be contained upon the occasion of Jesus’ birth. That the coming of this tiny King brought such uncontainable elation to all of Heaven, that the music broke forth, uninhibited and unhindered. Yes, I like that thought too.
It is Christmas Eve Eve – tomorrow the celebration takes shape for Christians all over the world. We gather in churches to read and sing and preach the story again.
May you taste a little of the uncontainable exultation of Heaven in the worship you take part in. May it transform and renew and bless you so that you may go forth to transform, renew and bless others.