Songs of the Saints and Angels
by: Andrea Poppleton
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!” (v. 13)
After the angels pronounced the “good news of a great joy . . . for all the people,” they began praising God. Their very natural response to the news of Jesus’ birth was worship.
Christmas carols were originally written to help people express their worship to the newborn King. Now radio stations and recording artists mix those songs of worship with seasonal songs that have nothing to do with Christ. “O come let us adore him” plays in close succession to “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus.” The songs of the saints and angels now have to compete with pop culture’s offerings.
That night in the shepherds’ field, the songs of the angels had no competition. That “multitude of the heavenly host” drowned out any other sounds with their “Gloria in excelsis Deo!”
This Christmas season, listen to the radio and to your favorite Christmas albums with discerning ears. What messages does our culture put forth as competition to the message of Jesus? Which songs call forth worship of the newborn King? Sort through the contending messages and join your voice to the songs that give praise to God. Don’t you want to sing with the saints and angels?