Zechariah’s Song of Praise
And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
- Luke 1:67 – 80
Today we are going to learn how to celebrate this Advent from Zechariah’s song of praise. In our passage for today we see that after an extended season of silence, Zechariah could finally speak. For him, there was no better way to break the long months of silence than by praising God. So Zechariah filled his lungs with air and ended the silence: Blessed be the Lord God…for he has visited and redeemed his people!
Zechariah’s song of praise is the song that all creation sings. The wind murmurs it in the trees. The snow whispers it as it falls from the sky. The planets dance to it as they rotate the sun. All of God’s creation sings a chorus of praise: Blessed be the Lord! He loves us! He made us! He is good!
The invitation that God makes to you as you wait for Jesus’ second coming is to put your own words to this song of praise. Perhaps this Advent, you feel that you have forgotten how to sing a song of praise. Maybe like Zechariah, you have been in a season of silence. The good news of Advent is that Jesus came to give us back our song.
So today celebrate with a song of praise. Like Zechariah, find words to declare God’s greatness. Even if all you can find are a few small words, capture the reality that God has redeemed you. He has brought you out of silence. He has put a song of praise in your mouth!
Don’t ever be nervous about praising God. Don’t ever feel childish about shouting for joy. It is what you were made for. So today, break the silence. Shout with joy to the Lord! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:1 – 3).
A Moment to Reflect
Spend a few moments pondering God’s goodness. Think about his love. Now write down a short prayer of praise celebrating your God.