Nehemiah 12:27-30, 40-43

Luke 2:8-20

In Nehemiah, the people celebrated Jerusalem’s rebuilt wall.  God gave them joy and their rejoicing could be “heard far away.”

In Luke, the angel came to the shepherds to tell them the “news of great joy,” that Christ the Lord was born.  Shortly after the angel finished speaking, “a great company of the heavenly host appeared…praising God…”

I’m guessing that the heavenly host that came to praise God were even louder than the celebrating people in Nehemiah.  God deserves our rejoicing and praising.  He gave us joy through Jesus, the perfect gift.  So, rejoice greatly for Him!