"Peace to Men on Whom His Favor Rests"
- Friday, June 23, 2006
The following article is part of a continuing series on "Ah-Ha! Moments" in the Bible.
I love ah-ha moments. I expect them literally every time I read from the Word. You see, God is not like man when it comes to what He says. Or, I should say, not like me. He doesn’t waste His words. So every book, every chapter, every verse, every word of His Word has been spoken and then written for a purpose.
Would you like to explore one of those ah-ha moments with me now?
Oh, if I Could Only Sing
I’ve always wanted to be able to sing or — at the very least — to be able to sing well, but the fact of the matter is, I can’t. Oh sure, sometimes I can hum a little. Once I even did well enough to have a professional say, “Hey, you sing pretty well!”
Truth of the matter is, I don’t. Never have and probably never will. I did manage to sneak into my elementary school’s Glee Club (in 7th Grade), literally slipping in the appropriate classroom after a fire drill, totally unnoticed by the teacher or any of the other students. But that’s another story for another article.
I also sang in our youth choir at church, which was — like the Glee Club — filled with enough good singers that my off-key voice could not be detected. We sang for the Easter pageant and Christmas cantata, our tunes echoing against the high ceilings and bouncing off the stained glass windows of our church, finally coming to rest on the red velvet altar cushions.
This Was My Bethlehem’s Field
This was where I attended Sunday school at , where — in the sanctuary at — I sat on hard pews between my mother and father with my brother next to one of them. This is where I stood as tall as my frame would allow with a hymnal spread across my palms, and lifted up a joyful “noise” unto the Lord. This was where I attended VBS in the summer months and MYF in my teen years.
This was where I heard about Jesus and about God and about His love for me. This is where I first committed my life to serving Him, kneeling right there on those red velvet altar cushions with my parents standing proudly behind me.
This was the place where I came to worship Jesus.
The First to Hear the Song
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." --Luke 2: 8-14
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