"The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told"
The shepherds had been told some incredible, even unbelievable things by these heavenly beings that had startled them, completely taking them by surprise! Imagine hearing a choir singing like angels, and really being angels! And, they were told of this promised Messiah that had been born that very night, and where He was. The angels were excited. They had something to shout about, to sing about, to declare at the tops of their lungs! The excitement was contagious!
The shepherds went beyond their natural and limited comprehension, exercising a faith and a hope in what they had heard. They saw for themselves not only the awesomeness of God, but the God of all awesomeness! This led to their own rejoicing, praising, and declaring. They were excited that they had encountered the God of all creation who had entered their world. What love they had never before encountered. He was here. They, too, had something to shout about!
This is how it should be! Are you aware of the love that Jesus has for you? Do you live in the knowledge of what He has done for you, entering into your world, saving you unto His? Do you realize that you do have something to shout about, to be excited about, to jump up and down about? You have a hope in Jesus! You have a peace that passes all understanding in HIM! You have a freedom that is only found in Him! He gave His life so that you could LIVE! He rose from the dead so that you would know that in Him all things ARE possible! Excited yet?
Of course, though all of these truths are without question, you must choose whether or no to live in the reality of such incredible blessings. It's too hard? You can't? You've tried? Well, it's time to get excited again, because the Apostle Paul declared it with gusto, "His strength is made perfect in my weakness. When I am weak, then I am strong." You can do all things through Christ! Be excited! Tell somebody what Jesus has done in your life! Your world will never be the same!