August 14, 2017

Elizabeth’s Song

Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you. . . .”

—  Luke 1:41-42

Angels and songs are a part of many major events in the Old Testament. And as the New Testa­ment continues with the story of God’s great faithfulness and the gift of salvation through his Son, we find angels and songs in abundance. The angel Gabriel came to Zechariah to announce the amazing birth of his son, John; then six months later, he visited Mary, a virgin, with the astounding news that she would give birth to the Son of God, in the flesh!

When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb started doing somersaults, and Elizabeth broke out in a Spirit-led song of blessing and praise.

Elizabeth’s song begins by honoring Mary’s role in the birth of Jesus. Then she acknowledges Mary’s baby as her Lord. And she concludes by recognizing with praise the blessing that comes from believing in the Lord’s promises and his great faithfulness.

God also speaks to each of us through his Word and Spirit. Ask him to make you more aware of how he is speaking all around you. As you respond with obedience to all you hear and see, you too will rejoice and sing praise to the One who is continuing the good work of salvation that he began long ago. You can be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6).

Lord, help us to express our joy and love for you in praise each day. Help us to see daily how you are working out our salvation in Christ Jesus. In your powerful name. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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