Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant — as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old — salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us ; to show mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to Abraham our father, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. – Luke 1:68-75
Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, sang these words upon the occasion of his anointed child’s birth. Uttered with all the understanding of a Levitical priest as a reminder of Israel’s hope in God’s covenant with Abraham, his words carry even greater meaning for those of us who know Jesus as our Messiah and Savior.
Being a Christ-follower is an amazing privilege, for it means you have been rescued, delivered, and saved from eternal destruction for God’s divine purposes. It means you can serve our God without fear because you have been made holy and righteous by the blood of Christ Jesus and will remain in that state of grace for all eternity while enjoying His glorious presence now and forever!
What could we possibly say in light of such a marvelous revelation? What kind of response might God receive from the object of His redemptive plan? Just one seems appropriate and that is a surrendered life that speaks, no shouts, to the world, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but NOW, I SEE!!!”
When we worship God as we ought that’s when the nations listen. – Edmund Clowney