“How Happy the Angels Will Be”

All the angels stood around the throne . . .
—Revelation 7:11

Devotion:

The picture of the angels of God worshiping and rejoicing before God and the Lamb is a beautiful image. Imagine these angels rejoicing over a human—a man or a woman.

“Oh, Mommy, how happy the angels will be!” These words burst spontaneously from the lips of a little five-year-old girl on hearing about the death of a very godly man. The man was Boston-born, Harvard-educated professor of Latin, the Right Reverend Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts for the Episcopal Church, composer of the classic hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

May we so live for Christ that when we die that someone could make a similar exclamation, “Oh, Mommy, “how happy the angels will be!”

May God help us live in such a way that we not only please the angels, but we please the Lord. For example, if we want to please the Lord, we should be encouragers. Paul’s letter to the Galatians says, “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). Most of us would immediately set out to help somebody who was doubling over because of a heavy burden. Oftentimes, however, we do not see the burdens people are struggling with that are not visible to the physical eye.

If our eyes were open, we would realize that opportunities abound to please the Lord in our daily lives. May we truly live in such a way as to please Him.

Question to ponder: It’s one thing to talk about making angels happy. Is there anything we can do to make the Lord happy?