"Angels, from the Realms of Glory"

David Bast

READ : Luke 1:5-25
Psalm 103:20-22

I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent . . . to bring you this good news. (Luke 1:19)

Angels don't mess around. The angel Gabriel was sent to Zechariah to announce the impending birth of his son, who was to become the Messiah's forerunner, John the Baptist. So Gabriel went, and did as he was told. That is one thing (there are obvious others) that makes angels different from us. Angels are defined not just by their glory and strength, but by their prompt obedience to God's commands. “Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!” (Ps. 103:20). No wonder then if Gabriel became a bit testy when old Zechariah seemed to doubt the possibility of God's commands being carried out.

Two hundred years ago an English hymn writer and newspaper editor named James Montgomery gave God's angels another command when he wrote this:

Angels from the realms of glory,

wing your flight o'er all the earth;

ye who sang creation's story

now proclaim Messiah's birth.

Obviously, Montgomery wasn't really trying to order any angels around. This is a poetic way of retelling the Christmas story. In subsequent verses this carol calls on shepherds, sages (wise men), and saints to join in the joyous refrain:

Come and worship, come and worship,

worship Christ, the newborn king.

Christ isn't just the newborn king of the Jews; he is the newborn King, period. Every creature, both human and angelic, should come and worship him.

And one day, we hope, they will.

Audio Link: http://goo.gl/xR6HF0


I worship you today, Lord.