Advent Devotional: Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ our Lord, the new born King

Matthew 2:11-15

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 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!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

If I were to see heaven open. If I were to witness angels descending. If I were to hear the “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”… then I would break into jubilee. But I haven’t experienced that. So that’s my excuse. Do we believe our experience of God is one inferior to others? How does that affect our worship? Am I withholding some of myself until I see something better? These are important questions for us to ask. We operate on the maxim that “seeing is believing” but often with God it is not like that. Repeatedly, He speaks before He shows. It is the voice of God to our hearts, which is the Holy Spirit, that allows us to see. With God “believing is seeing”.

HOLY SPIRIT speak your light to our heart and unveil our eyes to see You. And in seeing You, to love You and worship.

Advent-2014David GateComment