“ ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people’ ” — Luke 1:68 (NIV)
This is Zechariah’s song. After nine long months unable to speak (a condition caused by not believing the angel’s proclamation that his aged wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to a son), Zechariah finally has a voice again. And the first words he says are ones that praise God for His saving work in the world. How often do we wake up after a few hours of sleep and open our mouths to complain or express worry or even anger? It is our human condition. Maybe a few months after his son’s birth even Zechariah woke up complaining that baby John kept him up most of the night! Nonetheless, Zechariah’s beautiful song should remind us that we owe God too much not to attempt words of praise at least once a day.
Prayer: Teach us, O God, to praise Your holy name each day, giving thanks for our redemption and Your ongoing presence in our lives. Amen.
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