Psalm 71:23 (New International Version)
23 My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I, whom you have redeemed.
Luke 1:67-79 (New International Version)
67His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace."
If you are a Christian, do you realize what you have been given? Do you know what has been done on behalf of you and countless of others that have called on the name of Jesus Christ? We have been redeemed from the "pit" and we need to give praise to the One who has given us this "indescribable gift". Zechariah through the power of the Spirit of God, sang a song of praise for the birth of his son, and foretold the coming of the Redeemer of mankind, and gave a song of praise for what He had done.
Very soon we will be called with a shout and blast of the trumpet, and we need to be focused on telling all we know. Like John the Baptist, we need to proclaim the soon coming of our Lord Jesus for His redeemed, His bride, the church. Even those who do not believe can sense a change in the world around them. We need to prepare the hearts of all who will listen for that glorious day. Who will you talk to? A neighbor? A relative or friend?
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (New King James Version)