“Sing, choirs of angels. Sing in exultation.
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above.
Glory to God, all glory in the highest.
O come, let us adore Him.”
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Throughout Scripture, the response to God showing up is worship. The angels had appeared singing praise to God for an unlikely audience—some faithful shepherds outside the city. They had heard the message from the angels. They had witnessed this glorious sight. And they had gone to see the baby in the manger. And all of these things fill their hearts and lips with praise to their amazing God for these amazing things they had seen and heard—a baby born, a Savior for them.
Mary’s response to God showing up in her life was to magnify the Lord. David filled a book with praise to His great God who had shown up time and time again. Jesus’ birth prompted a heavenly choir and worship from those who were seeking Him. And what is our response to Jesus’ entrance into our world and into our hearts? Are we filled with awe that a Savior came to us? Do we sing His praises? Do we worship Him from a grateful heart? Do we seek to glorify the Lord?
The angels play a prominent role in much of the Christmas story. But they also show up again worshiping and praising God in heaven. Worship is an eternal thing, and praise for God is something we can practice daily in our lives. He is truly worthy of it for the great things He has done and the great God that He is. So may we join the heavenly host, the shepherds, and the faithful saints down through the ages in giving all glory to God, worshiping and adoring our precious Savior.