He shall give His angels charge over thee. – Psalm 91:11.
It is not to be disbelieved that besides man God has also created other rational and personal beings who do not dwell in bodies on the earth. Scripture tells us that God has created angels. They are “spirits” (Hebrews 1:14); and, as such, they have no physical bodies (Luke 24:39). God created these spirits in the beginning. He created vast numbers of them. Tomorrow we shall hear that, though created holy, not all of them remained thus. Today we shall hear only of the good angels.
They are without sin, “holy angels” (Matthew 25:31); they forever behold God’s face (Matthew 18:10) and cannot die (Luke 20:36). They excel in strength, and praise God, and as ministers of His they do His pleasure and carry out His commandments (Psalm 103:20-21). And, O yes, God has given them charge over us, God’s children, to keep us in all our ways (Psalm 91:11-12).
What grand and beautiful stories does Holy Writ tell about angels who assumed visible shape and form, and did God’s commandments on earth, and served men and guarded them. Will you read II Kings 6:8-17? The last service that they render us on earth is when they bear our souls up to heaven (Luke 16:22). But on the Last Day they will have much to do with men, for they will be sent by God to gather the people and divide the believers from the unbelievers (Matthew 13:41; Mark 13:27). And then we Christians shall join the angels in heaven and share in their blessed communion with God eternally.
How gracious God is toward us for Jesus’ sake!
PRAYER – Almighty, eternal, merciful God, – Who out of wondrous mercy didst ordain the angels to watch over us as Thy ministering spirits – grant me grace, I beg Thee, that I may remain under their protection till I join with them in heavenly bliss and glory for all eternity through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
Lord, to me Thine angel sending, keep me from the subtle Foe;
From his craft and might defending, never let Thy wanderer go,
Till my final rest shall come, and Thine angel bear me home.
Hymn 23, 7. (ELHB)