Advent, Advent Devotionals

The King of Angels

The day is almost here!  It’s the day that your children have been bouncing off the walls for.  It’s the day your grandmother gets to pinch your cheeks.  It’s the day you consume a dozen too many cookies.  Christmas Day Is Almost Here! It’s a day of celebration, memory making, gift giving, and joyful noises. It’s also a day that will soon be swept under the rug and not even thought of for the next eleven months.

Christmas, it will happen, it did happen, and it is what truly changed everything. God came down as an infant in humility and in vulnerability, relating to us on a new level. We didn’t grasp this right away but someone else did.

 

John Francis Wade and John Reading recognized that God was born the King of Angels.  The angels sang from the heavens from the moment that Heaven broke open and gave us a second chance.

They sang and they did so in exultation. We are then called to do the same. We are beckoned by a hymn to join in the worship by angels of our Lord and Savior. The song writers got it right when we often get it wrong.

The angels didn’t wait. They let it out.

Luke 2:13-14 ESV   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!”

This wasn’t the first time it was spoken of.  Isaiah knew something would happen.  He knew God had a plan and that the angels would sing out in glory!

The angels sang out in glory! The Messiah has arrived! #GlorytoGod #MerryChristmas Click To Tweet

Isaiah 6:3 ESV “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Will you join me in singing out praises to the Messiah for a moment before diving into celebration?  Even better, can you include the praises in your celebration?

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord
Sing choirs of angels, sing it exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God, glory in the highest
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord, the Lord, yeah
Christ, the Lord
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh come, let us adore Him
Oh, Christ, the Lord, the Lord
Christ, the Lord, Christ, the Lord

 

Songwriters: John Francis Wade and John Reading
O Come All Ye Faithful lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

One of my household’s favorite versions of this song is by Third Day. I hope you enjoy while we sing out with the angels to the King.

4 thoughts on “The King of Angels

  1. Thank you for capturing the joy of Christmas in your words — and in that wildly beautiful image of a sweet shepherd’s exuberance! My boys were all shepherds at one point or another, and one of them showed up in church with his obligatory bathrobe and towel head gear — and his shiny electric blue sandals!

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