Advent Devotional – Monday, December 19, 2016 – A Love Song
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;
70 as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
which have been since the world began:
71 that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;
73 the oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 that he would grant unto us,
that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him,
all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 to give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins,
78 through the tender mercy of our God;
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. – Luke 1:67-80
There is something so special about Jesus that has caused many to write and sing songs about Him. If I said to you, tell me one song you know written about Jesus, you could actually give me ten. What is it that compels so many to write and sing songs to Him? In Zechariah‘s Song, he understands the importance that the coming Messiah brings hope and salvation, showing mercy to our ancestors, to the people of Zechariah‘s time, and to the future (us). We read in Zechariah‘s song about how this Great King (Jesus) will rescue us from our enemies and will enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives.
Zechariah understood. This life is hard and difficult. Divorce happens. Children disappoint us. We lose our job. The abuse is just too much………. The enemy lies in waiting, ready to devour our weak souls. But there is Hope! Jesus has come! And He has overcome death and hell! He brings salvation for us all! Looking back on my entire existence, I‘m beginning to understand how easy it is to write a love song to my Savior, to my King. So let me leave you with a challenge to do the same.
Suggested Actions: Pray that God will allow the Holy Spirit to fill you as you read this passage. Read Luke 1:67-80 and meditate on the words that speak truth to you. Write a song, poem or letter to Jesus, expressing your gratitude and love to Him. No one has to see it but Him. Pray for those feeling unloved this Christmas season and ask God to help you show someone the love of Christ this Christmas.