Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:8-10)
The Joy Of Repentance
Man was created as a being lower than the angels were. The Bible speaks about angels as ministers of the Lord. Gabriel and Michael are named as angels of the Lord. One angel destroyed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. Often “the angel of the Lord” performed mighty works in the presence of the people of God. John, in the Revelation, saw each congregation having an angel. When the apostle fell down before an angel to worship, he was forbidden to do so. There are many great stories about angels involved in the affairs of man carrying out the will of the Father. One of the most amazing things about angels is what happens when a man repents.
The struggles of man are many. Sin continues to plague the righteousness of godly people on a daily basis. Satan makes every effort to destroy the child of God and is successful in tempting man to sin. Great men like King David fell prey to the wiles of the devil. Righteous men and women fight against powers of wickedness succumbing to the desires of the flesh and sin. God has not left man without His grace. He has promised that if a man will repent of sin seeking the forgiving power of the Father, mercy will be granted. When Nathan the prophet came to David confronting him with his sin, the shepherd of the Lord repented. His sorrow was deep and godly and David begged for God’s grace to cover the terrible things committed in the sin with Bathsheba. While the Lord forgave David, the angels rejoiced.
There is great joy in knowing the forgiveness of God. What is often missed is the joyous reaction of the myriads of angels in heaven who rejoice because one man or woman has repented. There is joy in the presence of the angels of the Almighty God because of what one man has done. The angels of God are impacted by what men do. Imagine the time of Noah when there was little rejoicing in Heaven because only eight people were righteous. When Noah and his family were saved the angels rejoiced. The chorus of angels voices echo throughout the expanse of Heaven when godly men and women turn their hearts to the Lord. What a sound that must be.
Repentance is a joy for man because he restores the grace of God in his life. Hearts humbled in devotion to the terrible price of redemption cause the foundations of Heaven to reverberate with the joyous praise of angels. Our sorrow is their joy. They see what man can do when he allows the love of God to bring them back to the joy of salvation. Seek forgiveness to gain the tender hand of a loving Father. Let there be joy in the presence of the angels of God when we repent.