“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'”
Angels are musical
The Bible is full of references to angels singing. Angels are referred to by other names in the Bible, such as the “heavenly host” and “stars.”
“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,”
“When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
“And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!”
In the preceding verse (Revelation 15:2) it tells us that the Angels were “standing upon the sea of glass, having harps of God.”
Some angels praise God without ceasing
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
This passage in Revelation points out that the angels sing praise to God without ceasing. It is apparently referring to the same living creatures spoken of and described by the prophet Isaiah, seraphim, a type of angelic being, and the verse below.
“Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.”
Christian themes in mainstream music resonating with Americans
Songs that praise God and Jesus are finding their way back onto the mainstream music charts.
Kanye West: The penultimate example is the unprecedented success of Kanye West’s “Jesus is King.” Into historic music industry firsts, not only did the album topped the Billboard 200 album chart (which is the top album of all music genres combined), but also took the number one slot on four other album genres simultaneously.
At the same time, the top ten singles positions on two other charts – the Christian and gospel music charts – were all held by songs from Kanye West’s Jesus is King album.
Kanye West is not alone in combining Rap with religion.
NF: Christian rapper NF scored the number one album on the Billboard 200 chart with his album “the search.” He also had two singles on the Billboard hot 100 chart, including the album’s title track and another song entitled “Time.”
It was NF’s second album to debut in the top position, as his prior album “Perception” dropped at number one in 2017. Rapper Kendrick Lamar who has also worked in religious themes in his music won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album.
Blake Shelton: Country music, which while traditionally has had Christian themes in the genre, had been missing such praise on the charts recently. But now, it has made a strong comeback as Blake Shelton took the award for country single of the year at the Country Music Awards (CMA) with his song “God’s country.”
Dolly Parton: Country music legend Dolly Parton and songwriter extraordinaire stole the show at the CMA’s doing a religious medley of three songs, sharing the onstage moment with Christian rock artists Zach Williams, Christian pop band King & Country, and backed by a gospel choir.
The medley drew overwhelming praise on social media.
Americans love praise music
The chart and sales success, combined with positive public feedback reinforces the fact that Americans love the praise of God, Jesus and Christian themes in music. We shouldn’t have to feel pressure to be politically correct, which leads people to shy away from praising God with singing or writing music.
Hopefully, the success of the artist named here, as well as many others achieving comparable success, will help encourage other artists to include praise reflecting their faith in the music they perform and create.