Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 NABRE
Angels appear to shepherds as they watch their sheep announcing a savior is born in Bethlehem, who is Messiah and Lord. They tell the shepherds; “you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) After one angel shares the news, a multitude of heavenly hosts appear, praising God and singing: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Certainly nothing like this had been seen before and it would be an amazing sight to see and hear. We often hear the phrase, “sing like an angel.” It represents a choir that has pure voices and makes a beautiful sound like an angel. This moment it was the angels singing, certainly very pure and beautiful. They praised God, the most high of all the earth. It is a short canticle that has become a common prayer in many liturgical services. They also declare peace on earth for those whom God’s favor rests. Zechariah prophesized this peace in his canticle (Luke 1:79) It is not a peace man can provide, a time without war or struggle, it is a peace that comes from God when we feel secure and safe and have deep inner clam. God has been providing this peace from the beginning of humanity. In Hebrew we would hear the word “Shalom.” This peace is available to those who have found favor from God, or of good will. God gives peace, like grace, a free gift and when we receive it we know we have truly been in God’s favor.
The singing of angels and other heavenly hosts must have been a beautiful sound. This glory to God has been made into song again and again. People praise God for all that God has provided. We learn from those who have seen God, that to worship is to use words and song!
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