Angels from the Realms of Glory

It is a necessary piece woven into the heart of every believer. We can’t separate it from who were are in Him. According to Isaiah 4:7, we were created for His glory. And, if we were created for His glory, the subsequent action is to glorify Him. We call it worship.


God is worthy of our worship simply because of who He is. But, if that isn’t enough, His deeds toward us should move us into the realm of worship. The example of worship is all throughout Scripture. We see people worshipping God in unison (1 Chron. 23-36) and in private (check out the Psalms of David or the words of Job).

Worship is essential to our spiritual makeup. Maybe that is why the birth of Christ is surrounded by stories of worship. God was coming in human flesh to redeem His creation back to Himself. The recognition of who God is, the understanding by men of God’s promise being fulfilled, and His demonstration of love toward His people brought praise to the lips of angels and man.

In the song, Angels from the Realms of Glory, James Montgomery highlights some famous worship moments. The angels, the shepherds, the wiseman are all recorded as praising and worshipping God. His song also tells of future worshippers. Modern versions of the song add two new verses that address a time when all creation will bow down and praise Him.

But, my favorite verse isn’t usually found in hymnals. It tells of hope and mercy offered to all of mankind. Because of Christ, our sins are no longer held against us. We can join in with thanksgiving, praising Him freely because our chains were broken. We see the work of God in us and it continually brings us back to worship.

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:
Come and worship,
Come and worship;
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the Infant Light:
Come and worship:
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

  1. Sages, leave your contemplations

Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star:
Come and worship,
Come and worship;
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His Temple shall appear:
Come and worship,
Come and worship;
Worship Christ, the new-born King

Omitted verse:

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes your sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains

Additional modern verses:

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

How appropriate that we are called to come and worship with a song at Christmastime. His physical birth resonated with worship and our spiritual rebirth in Him ought to cause us to do the same.

~ Regina

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