Suddenly, following the angel’s announcement to the shepherds, “there was … a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God.” (Luke 2:13) The heavenly choir sang to the humble servants of the temple, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). One scholar said that it would be better translated as, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will.” The angels were heralding with music the Savior’s birth among a few humble shepherds.
Were you there? According to Job and his description and likening of the creation and the birth of the Savior you were there. He said, “who laid the corner stone (Jesus Christ) thereof; when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God Shouted for joy?” We were “all” there! (Job 38:6-7)
You often hear the phrase, “worship together” and I wondered what that exactly meant. We don’t talk together, give lessons together as a congregation. While in the Missionary Training Center I remember singing “Praise to the Man” as a very large group and feeling the spirit and knowing that the words I sang were absolutely true. It was there I discovered true worship. We do “worship together” when we sing together as a whole, the same words. The other time is when we all say amen together after a prayer.