And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
I. THE SONG ITSELF.
I. The song consists of a proclamation of peace. We are in a state of hostility and alienation. Not an easy thing to restore peace, consistently with the Divine nature and glory. Not only is the birth of Christ the occasion of a proclamation of peace between us and God, but it restores peace to our own mind. There is also peace made with our fellows and neighbours and kindred, and with the whole creaturely universe.
II. THE SONG AS SUNG ON THIS OCCASION — that is, as sung by ANGELS.
1. They are the most intellectual part of God's creation; they have the purest intellect.
2. Observe not merely their intellectuality by their disinterestedness and impartiality. We are ourselves interested in the whole affair; not so with them. They were never polluted.
3. Their unanimity in singing it. There was no jarring string in that song; no dissenting voice in that harmony. Salvation affects heaven as well as earth.Lessons:
1. A lesson of gratitute to God.
2. Kindness to each other, especially the poor.
(J. Beaumont, D. D.)
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