Let us first try to get a sense of who God is as our creator so that we can see His worthiness to be praised and obeyed.  We read in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  We also read in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM.”  All things were created BY Him and FOR Him!  Indeed, as creator, all things created were created for the purpose and glory of God.  Revelation 4:11 tells us, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and FOR THY PLEASURE THEY ARE AND WERE CREATED.” Because God is the creator, He is worthy of all glory and honor and power! 

Psalm 148:1-5 says, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. PRAISE YE HIM, ALL HIS ANGELS: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.”  Here, all of the Lord’s creation is called upon to praise Him.  All creation was formed at the sound of the Lord’s voice.  I would say one of the primary purposes of the angels is to offer praise to their creator.  We read in Hebrews 1:6, “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

We read in Psalm 103:20, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”  Angels are powerful creatures of God that live to serve their creator.  The angels do the will of the Lord as they listen and obey the Lord’s commandments to them.  Indeed, they were created to be God’s instruments or agents to carry out His work. 

In 1 Timothy 6:15 we learn that the Lord, “…is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.”  A Potentate is one is who great in authority and power.  Certainly, the Lord is the ONLY Potentate.  He is the King of every king who has ever been in power.  He is Lord of all lords who have ever had great authority.  As such, isn’t it right that He be served by His creation?  Should not all bow to His authority and seek to do His will.  The angels are eager to serve their Lord.

In both the Hebrew and Greek language, the word ‘angel’ means ‘a messenger’.  Angels are spiritual beings which ordinarily do not have bodies or take form, although they have at times, according to the Lord’s leading.  They are indeed messengers, as well as servants, warriors, and adorers of God. 

Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”  Another function of the angels is to minister to the needs of the Lord’s people.  The angels even escort the departed saints into the presence of the Lord at their death.  Luke 16:22 says, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom…”  God created man for fellowship, and He created angels to assist Him in a variety of ways. One of the primary responsibilities of angels is to minister to Christians.

The angels know God as their creator…and yet they are completely obedient to His will.  We who are believers know God as our creator, our savior, our advocate, our Father, our deliverer, etc.  How we should desire to learn about, please, obey, and serve Him even more!  (472.6)