Quoting J. R. Miller:
There were two parts in the song the angels sang the night Jesus was born. The first part was an outburst of praise to God. “Glory to God in the highest!” God should always be put first. He should be first in our hearts, first in our love, first in our worship, first in our trust. It was fitting that the first note of the angels’ song should be to God. The great blessing of that night was God’s unspeakable gift to men, and to God—the highest honor should be raised. “Glory to God!” Before we begin our rejoicing at the Christmas time—we should bow reverently before God and praise him.
The second part of the angels’ song, referred to the meaning of Christmas to this world, to the blessings it would bring to His people, to the change and transformation it would work. “On earth peace, good-will toward men.”
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