As I read the opening verse of Psalm 99, I realized that I don’t spend much time thinking about angels.
The Lord is king!Psalm 99:1
Let the nations tremble!
He sits on His throne between the cherubim.
Let the whole earth quake!
I wondered about the possibility that there may be some distorted ideas out there about who angels are and what they do.
So, let’s take a look…
Pastor Tony Evans wrote…
“As created beings, angels are not to be worshipped, glorified, or adored in and of themselves. The angels were created to worship, glorify, adore, and obey God.”
Angels are beings created by God.
The Bible names 5 different types of Angels.
- Archangels – the highest-ranking angels. They are both Warriors and Messengers. The two we know by name are Michael and Gabriel. (Jude 1:9, Revelation 12:7, Luke 1:19, 26)
- Cherubim – Mighty angels sent to earth for great and mighty acts. (Genesis 3:24, Ezekiel 10)
- Seraphim – Isaiah mentions these beings in his vision of heaven. They appeared shouting “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with His glory!” (Isaiah 6:2)
- Living Heavenly Creatures – Mentioned as being around the throne of God. They join the Seraphim proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
- Angels – Do the work of God on earth. (Angel Verses)
Here are 5 verses that tell us a little more about God’s angels:
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11 ESV)
My God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me. (Daniel 6:22a)
Are not all the angels spirits who work for God? They are sent out to help those who are to be saved from the punishment of sin. (Hebrews 1:14 NCV)
“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” (Matthew 18:10)
They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather His chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. (Matthew 24:30b–31)
God created angels to serve Him. Like humans, they have free will. We know that because the Bible tells us that satan and the demons are fallen angels.
Jesus told the disciples, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!” (Luke 10:18)
Yet, those angels who have not rebelled against God are used in the spiritual realm to glorify God by serving Him, fighting spiritual battles against fallen angels, and praising Him. In the visible realm, they share God’s message and help God’s children.
Rev. Billy Graham wrote…
” [Angels] fulfill God’s will in salvation for believers in Jesus Christ, so they are also “avengers” who use their great power to fulfill God’s will in judgment.“
A Prayer About Angels and God’s Love
Father God, Thank you for Your Word that tells us about angels. Thank you for allowing us to know about the mysteries of Your creation in the spiritual realm.
Like angels, You made us to worship and glorify You. And You gave us free will so that we might do so willingly with grateful hearts. But like fallen angels, we have rebelled and sinned against You. I am overwhelmed with awe and thankfulness that You would provide Jesus to save us from the consequences we deserve. I am sorry for the times I have given in to pride and selfishness. I’m sorry I’ve listened to the wrong voices. Please forgive me.
Thank you for commanding Your angels to guard and protect us. (Psalm 91:11) Thank you for the way they instruct and help us. (Acts 5:19) Thank you for those angels that minister to Your children. (Hebrews 1:14) Thank you for the way they set an example for us by the way they praise and worship You. (Revelation 7:11)
Thank You for loving us so much that You care and provide for us in every way physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Please give me everything I need to trust, love, worship, and adore You every day of my life now and eternally. Amen.
One more thing, do you remember the account in 2 Kings 6? The King of Aram was at war with Israel but God had used Elisha to warn and protect His people. So, the King of Aram sent troops to capture Elisha.
Elisha’s assistant was terrified and that’s when the prophet turned to the Lord with a request…
“O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around them was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:17
There were MORE prepared to fight for them than there were those fighting for the enemy. (2 Kings 6:16)
Friends, God has a heavenly army at His disposal ready to guide, guard, help, and fight for you. That’s how very much He loves you.
May we join the angels in praise, worship, and adoration of our God thanking Him for who He is and all He does now and forever.
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