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The Kind of Worship That Angels Long To Look Into

Something’s been happening in me this past week. It’s like something’s been unlocked and I’m suddenly seeing a lot more angels than I used to.

Guard angels, warring angels, worship angels. All of a sudden I’m seeing them all around my home, and they all look + dress different according to their roles.

Angels are God’s creation just like us. They are sent by God to do His work + partner with + minister to us. Together with them, we worship the one true God. I don’t worship angels, and I don’t chase after them. Angels, as well as all other heavenly encounters, point us back to the Source — God our loving Abba.

Being allowed to see the angels has shown me something about worship, and I want to share that with you today.

I pray that what I’m about to share will awaken your heart to the wonder of God’s love for you, and inspire you to new depths of intimacy with the One who loves you so.

Angels worship God all the time.

Sometimes they worship with their voices, sometimes with music, and sometimes in silence, with hearts so full of love + adoration that they spill over and float up like clouds of sweet incense before His Great Throne.

They never stop beholding Him (some in greater part than others), and therefore their hearts never cease to spontaneously radiate worship in response to His beauty + glory.

Their songs are clear, beautiful, perfect. Sophisticated yet totally without pretense. There’s not a discordant note in all their harmonies, not one out of beat.

God loves it. Their hearts are clean, pure, without sin or weakness.

And then I see myself next to their pure heavenly glory — I am small, inadequate, broken, and so so dirty.

I feel so human, and I feel it like it’s a dirty word.

But then! As I lift my heart in the simplest song to my God, I see the strangest thing — all the angels stop what they’re doing, gather around me, and gaze in curiosity + wonder.

They wonder:

  • How does God love this wee, weak little thing so much? There’s so little of her (I’m pretty tall in human terms, but really small amongst them), and there’s so much of His love. It’s disproportionate, and yet He doesn’t feel like it’s a waste. How/Why does He love her this much?
  • How does she worship like this while she’s still stuck in pain, brokenness, sin? How can she, a fallen human, worship like the angels?
  • God stops our perfect singing for her imperfect one. We’re curious to see what He sees that’s so captivating.

Like the nightingale, I am plain next to the angels’ iridescence. As with the nightingale, many of my songs come in the darkest nights of my soul. But like the nightingale is beautiful to me, so I am entrancing to God.

And this, dear beloved one, is the reality of worship.

These are the two very different, yet equally wonderful, types of worship:

  1. There are times when we need to still our hearts + press in. We get silent, hear heaven’s worship, and then flow along with it — that’s how we ascend into high + deep worship.
  2. But there are times when our hearts are all kinds of broken. In those times, it is the angels who are silenced so all of heaven can watch in wonder as Almighty God stoops down + inclines His ear.

He stops all of heaven’s consummate melodies to hear your single broken hallelujah.

And then He restores you so that you get elevated to that deeper worship #1.

Here is Love. This is grace. These are things the angels long to look into.

And dear one? It’s all for you + me.

  • briannaOctober 18, 2015 - 11:19 pm

    I love that you used the phrase ” they continually behold Him.” Beautiful. Truth.

    I don’t k ow if I can say I have ever witnessed an angel. What a beautiful thing to see angels worshipping. 🙂


  • K. Lee BanksOctober 19, 2015 - 12:43 am

    Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. I believe I have seen, felt, and experienced the presence and ministry of angels many times – including when they saved my children and me from a fire. I believe many of the unexplained miracles that happen are a direct result of angelic intervention.ReplyCancel

  • andiOctober 19, 2015 - 2:23 am

    and it all starts with bowing on our knees before Him…. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Aji MichaelOctober 19, 2015 - 5:40 am

    I love the still kind of worship, it puts me in a state of total surrender which ended in brokeneness each time.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth SpencerOctober 19, 2015 - 7:26 am

    “…all of heaven can watch in wonder as Almighty God stoops down + inclines His ear.” This resonates so strongly with what I’m learning these days in Bible study on the Psalms of the Ascent. I was just reading how God, enthroned in heaven, stoops down to look at the heavens and earth. Thank you for this fascinating perspective on worship…ReplyCancel

  • TerriOctober 19, 2015 - 10:35 am

    I want to worship him no matter what is going on in my life, this is a a beautiful post.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie PickettOctober 19, 2015 - 8:18 pm

    What a beautiful post! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen angels. When my Mom passed away suddenly in 1996, my brother said he’d read somewhere (Christian reading) that when a Christian passes, God sends an angel ahead of them to guide them back, that someone new may have recently entered her life and that was the angel. It was an odd but comforting concept. We tried to figure out who that angel may have been (a casual acquaintance, etc.) We didn’t figure it out but we still know she’s in Heaven waiting for us in Glory!ReplyCancel

  • J S KalungiOctober 19, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    I LOve this article. Cant “Stumbleupon” it though! Wow I love to adore the Lord with my Praise, Worship, Words, deeds Actions and EVen My Silence. Some people think we must shout all the time. Not true!ReplyCancel

  • Judy GoddardOctober 19, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    I know a secret I will share with you. When the Father looks at you He sees no brokenness, no dirt, no sin. He sees the perfect you, purchased with His son’s blood.

    Yes, the angels gaze in wonder! They were not redeemed. They may be astonished by the power of the love the Father has for you, that fills Him and you all the way to the tippy top!

    We have resident angels at our church. I haven’t seen them yet, but I think I will. Others do. I sometimes smell them. Some smell like incense, some like wine and others like butterscotch!ReplyCancel

  • CorineOctober 19, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Such a beautiful reminder on how to worship God.ReplyCancel

  • StephanieOctober 20, 2015 - 9:27 am

    Beautiful post!!ReplyCancel

  • KristinOctober 20, 2015 - 11:38 am

    wow. just wow. so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • AllieOctober 20, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    I love the part where you talked about the nightingales! It’s so true. <3ReplyCancel

  • CarissaOctober 20, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    Beautiful! What a lovely picture of worship.ReplyCancel

  • Traci@tracesoffaith.comOctober 21, 2015 - 12:09 am

    That is one of my favorite verses. So much we don’t know about angels. But they stand in the presence of God and worship. I pray my focus would be the same.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl CopeOctober 22, 2015 - 1:26 am

    Samantha, this is beautiful. I’d love to be able to see angels better. And of course you made me want to worship more. Thanks for that!ReplyCancel

  • Mary HillOctober 22, 2015 - 2:27 am

    What a wondrous picture of God’s response to our worship and how the angels react. What a beautiful vision. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Mary CollinsOctober 22, 2015 - 5:29 am

    Isn’t it wonderful that we have a heavenly father that loves us so much no matter what we do. He allows us to come to the throne to worship Him or seek forgiveness for our sins. Worship is a glorious thing, for us and the angels.ReplyCancel

  • andiOctober 22, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    God is ALWAYS pleased when we worship Him – in spirit and in truth 😀ReplyCancel

  • CINDY M JONESOctober 24, 2015 - 7:31 am

    Such a sweet and tender look at worship.ReplyCancel

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