Gloria in Excelsis
by Pastor Boushek
God’s mercy has been received. Forgiveness has been announced. God’s people respond with thanksgiving and praise: “Glory to God in the highest!”
The Gloria In Excelsis is the next standard part of the liturgical worship service usually followed at Beautiful Savior. It is exactly as it sounds; a song of magnificent praise for our magnificent and glorious God. Our song borrows language from those angels who first announced the birth of Jesus. It was so much more than a birth announcement. It was a declaration that God had kept his promises, he had sent a Savior, and he had restored peace between himself and mankind. Swept up in the incredible mystery of God’s love which they proclaimed, the angels burst into jubilant song and praised God:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Every time we gather to worship our God and hear his Word, our Savior Jesus is central to our focus. So we also sing out the praise of God, knowing that he saw his greatest glory in what he did for us. While there are many versions of this song, and the lyrics change between them, they all focus on God’s glory as it is displayed to us; God’s glory displayed in his awesome work of creation; God’s glory displayed in Jesus, the Son of God, who is the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin; God’s glory displayed as Jesus sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us on a daily basis, God’s glory displayed in each person of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
How appropriate as we celebrate Jesus death, and his incredible resurrection, that we resume our great songs praising God’s glory. Before Jesus entered into the last week of his life, he said,
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” (John 12:23)
What greater glory can we think of than Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead? He made his glory known as he declared his victory over the grave; a victory he also shares with us. Each and every day we can rest in God’s glory, because his glory has become ours. We can trust in his promises, we can know that we too will join him in glory:
Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21
Your citizenship is in heaven, and there you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade, spoil, or perish. May that increase your joy this month as you sing out the glory of God.
“Gloria In Excelsis”