On the last Sunday of September, once again we learned about God’s gift of the good angels. There is much that we can learn about the angels from the Bible. But the main thing is not that we learn about them, but (a) that we worship with them and (b) that we trust God more because of what we know about the angels. Two simple elements of our worship help us to understand what a great gift the angels are:
The first one comes from our Sunday worship: In the Lord’s Supper liturgy we pray: “Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Your [Christ’s] glorious name …” This is a great comfort. This is when heaven is not far away. The departed Christians whom we knew often seem far away, but now we hear that they are not far away. Neither are the angels. We are worshipping with them, very close to each other, when we come to the Lord’s Supper.
The second one comes from our daily worship at home. In our church we learn to say Luther’s morning and evening prayers. They both end: “Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.” We begin each day, asking God to send his angel to watch over us throughout the day. We go to sleep asking God to send His angel to stay by our bed throughout the night. We don’t just learn about angels! We worship with them and trust God to keep them by our side.