Saturday, June 27, 2009

Angels Sing

Then, when the earth was first poised in mid space,
Then, when the planets first sped on their race,
Then, when were ended the six days employ,
Then all the sons of God shouted for joy. (TLH 255)

In last Sunday's [three-year-series] Old Testament (Job 38) we heard that the angels rejoiced when the foundations of the earth were fastened and its cornerstone laid.

The angels sang the Gloria in Excelsis when Jesus was born (Luke 2).

When Isaiah saw heaven (Isaiah 6), the angels were singing the Sanctus around the Lord who was high and lifted up.

In Luke 15, Jesus tells us that there is much rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents.

In Revelation 7, John lets us know what the angels are singing as they join in the song of the elders and the saints.

When the Bible tells us about the angels' joy and their song, there seems to be a tightly unified theme.


  1. I realize this is a bit off-topic (sort of, though not really), but did you ever read J.R.R. Tolkien's "creation account" in his Silmarillion? Even if you never read the rest of the book, I think that creation account is worth reading several times through. And in light of this post, I think you'd like it...

  2. Haven't read Silmarillion. Just Hobbit and the trilogy. Y'know, you're adding books to my list faster than I'm crossing them off, and you're not the only one adding to my list.... I NEED SOME GOOF-OFF TIME TO READ FOR FUN!

  3. I agree with Nathan. Read the creation account in the Silmarillion! It's quite beautiful, and it's only a few pages. There are waaaaaay more pages in that book, but some of the very best are those first few. =)

  4. Susan, I have listened to the audio recording of this book. It is read by Martin Shaw and is beautiful to hear. The Waukesha Library System is connected, so you could pick it up from Sussex Library by requesting it to be sent there. I highly recommend it. (Plus, you can listen while doing something else!!!-tee hee!)