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Grace World Outreach Church
Christmas Playlight: Hark The Hearld Angels Sing
Pastor Daniel K Norris
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    20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
    Sunday 10:00 AM
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Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Charles Wesley originally wrote this classic Christmas carol

“Hark the welkin rings, glory to the King of Kings”

Because of a change made by George Whitefield to the first line, today most people believe that Luke 2:13 refers to singing angels rather than, “A great company of the heavenly host [spiritual beings not normally seen who watch over man] 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.’”

Collins, Ace. Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas (p. 72). Zondervan.

If it wasn’t a choir of angels, what does scripture actually say?

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

(Lk 2:1–21)

The word “host” in the greek means “an army”

Wesley penned this heavenly arm as the Welkin, which means the “vault of heaven makes a long noise.” Thus, when heaven sends forth a loud pronouncement, the entire power of the King is revealed.

So What Was The Welkin’s Song?


Vs 14 “Glory to God in the highest…”

What Is The Glory?

Ruth Ward Heflin, “In the glory, the nature and character of God in His holiness and power are much more fully revealed. His glory can be seen and felt, and in the glory, there is beauty, peace and joy. God’s glory is the very atmosphere of Heaven—His glorious presence.”

The angels bent down to the earth to witness the true Glory of God touch the earth… you and I can witness that same moment!

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk 15:8–10).

The heavens are still declaring the Glory of God!

Praise until the spirit of worship comes upon you, and then worship until the Glory comes!


Vs 14 “… and on earth peace…”

No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Is 9:2).

Until Jesus is fully enthroned, there is no peace!

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.

(Is 9:6–7).

When you invite Jesus to sit upon the throne of your heart, you invite the peace of God to rest upon your life

Rom 8;28“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

God is always at work for my good and His Glory!


Vs 14 “… among those with whom he is pleased!”
Two Historic Myths
Shepherds couldn’t testify in court
Shepherds occupied the lowest rank in society

The Bible does not say that shepherds were poor, or outcast
- In the nativity story the people are “amazed” at the story the shepherds share, not dismissive
- The Old Testament does not present shepherds in an unfavorable light
remember Abraham, Moses and David were all Shepherds

Why did the Shepherds receive the honor of hearing the welkin sound?
Because they were available!

* The Shepherds had open ears to hear
* The Shepherds had open hearts to believe what they heard
* The Shepherds had open mouths to share what they had witnessed
* The Shepherds had open hands to glorify God

God is easy to please, hard to satisfy

What are the heavens heralding over you?

That His Glory Shines Over You!
That His Peace Rests Upon You!
That His Pleasure Is With You!