Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” — Luke 2:13-14
I love music…especially at Christmas time. I love to hear soloists sing some of my favorite songs like, “Mary, Did You Know,” “O Holy Night” or “Little Drummer Boy.” I love to hear worship as congregations from 30 to 300 sing songs like “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” I love to hear choirs like the 280 member Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sing amazing songs of praise and worship.
Now I just recently learned that we (in America) don’t hold a candle to the Philippines when it comes to choirs. In 2014, the Iglesia Ni Cristo set a World Record by performing with a choir of 4,745 people! Not to be outdone, the Members Church of God International (also in the Philippines) set a new world record in 2015 of 8,688 singers praising God in the highest! But the Iglesia Ni Cristo would not be bested, for in May of 2016 they would set the current world record for largest choir…drum roll please…21,262 people, all worshipping God together! Wow!
So, when I read in Luke 2 that the message the shepherds received of Good News about the Messiah being born in Bethlehem was followed by “a great company of the heavenly host praising God,” I naturally wanted to know — just how many are in this great company? Are we talking about 30 to 300 or 21,000?
In Daniel chapter 7, Daniel has a vision of Jesus coming before the God Almighty and he sees before him: “Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.” Now my math isn’t great, but a calculator tells me that’s about 100 million! A similar vision for John in Revelation 5 tells us: “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand.” Wow! Can you imagine the AMAZING worship that the shepherds witnessed that night?
For the God who brings us along on this Journey to Bethlehem has a plan in store for us to witness (and be a part of) some AMAZING worship. When we see lives changed by the Good News of the Gospel, we worship. When we experience God through His Word, we worship. When God saves us and redeems us and changes us, we worship. When God sends us to tell others about this awesome good news, we worship. And one day we will join those multitudes of angels in a choir of millions upon millions, singing with them as “They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Rev. 5:12)
Thank Him today for what He has done in your life and begin giving him some of your own AMAZING worship!