Can you imagine what the shepherds experienced when an army of “heavenly hosts” appeared that Christmas night? They were simply tending their sheep in a field, and suddenly: a sky full of angels. It’s likely they had heard of angels, but actually seeing one was probably both terrifying and amazing. Imagine hundreds of angels shouting praise together to make what must have been a deafening, glorious sound. What an incredible moment!
Angels probably appear worthy of worship in their own right. They’re so different from anything we see here on earth, reflecting the light of heaven, and commanding full attention and respect. But they are not the focus of worship. As remarkable as they were, the angels focused completely on praising God for who He is and what He would bring to earth through Jesus. Angels, amazing in the eyes of humans, were amazed by the sight of God. It must have been that much more convincing to the shepherds that God was worthy of their highest worship and praise.
Prayer: Father, I can’t fully grasp how awesome You are. During this Christmas season, keep my eyes focused on how worthy You are of my worship. Never let me lose the wonder of Your greatness. Everything in heaven and on earth was made to worship You. No one comes close to how glorious You are.
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”