“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us–to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” Luke 1:68–75
Zachariah uses words to describe God’s actions towards his people like: redeemed, salvation, raised up, rescued, showed mercy, covenant, oath, enabled and without fear. The nation of Israel had been chosen to bring salvation to the world, to be a people with whom God could live and dwell and a people chosen to live in obedience to Him. God had been leading and guiding this stiff-necked, rebellious, sinful people toward the day when redemption would be available through Jesus, His Son. Zachariah praises God that He has been faithful to His people through all the generations.
What does Zachariah’s song of praise tell us about God? God is long-suffering. He faithfully stands by His people through all types of injuries, insults, trouble and anguish. His patience is enduring. He is suffering with our sinful nature giving time for us to come to Him. He never tires of showing mercy, grace and forgiveness to us. He was even willing to send His only Son, Jesus, to redeem us and bring us into a right relationship with Him. 2 Peter 3:8-9 “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” Praise God for his long-suffering nature towards us! His patience will end with judgment of those who reject His Son and chose to remain in their unbelief. Who do you know that has yet to believe? Pray for their salvation and that they would come to know our Long-suffering God.
Has God been long-suffering with you? Has He waited patiently for you to return to Him, to worship Him, to study His Word and learn of His character? Has He continued to draw you unto Himself? The promise in Deuteronomy 31:6 comes to mind “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” God is patiently waiting to be there for you- call upon Him, seek Him and He will be with you. Remember, God is long- suffering towards you and desires you to be in relationship with Him. Don’t wait, call upon Him today.
Thankful for the Long-suffering nature of God,