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“Music is a fair and lovely gift of God which has often wakened and moved me to the joy of preaching.…
Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.…
My heart bubbles up and overflows in response to music, which has so often refreshed me and delivered me from dire plagues.”
—Martin Luther
Judaism and Christianity are singing religions.
Atheism is songless.
It has nothing to sing about.
The funeral notices of Robert Ingersoll, the noted agnostic, stated, “There will be no singing.”
The psalm-singing of Christian martyrs going to their deaths in the arena alerted the Roman Empire to the fact that a new and revolutionary force was coming into being.
When the pleasure-bent populace saw the Christians singing as they fearlessly entered the amphitheater where hungry lions awaited them, they were filled with awe.
Heaven is vibrant with song: “And they sing the song of Moses … and the song of the Lamb” (Rev.
Singing, making music is often the result of joy.
And we have much for which to be joyful in the Lord.
In this world we have troubles, both within our own hearts, and around us.
However, in the midst of the troubles, there shines a light, a beam of hope in the darkness.
When we gaze at that ray of light, and believe that the Lord is true and faithful, when we receive that hope by faith, joy wells up!
That is what happened with Zechariah.
A couple weeks ago, we found Zechariah, well along in years.
He had a good life as a priest and husband.
yet, he was troubled within, and without.
In his own heart he was troubled and disappointed because he had no son.
On the outside, he was serving in a priesthood that was meant to bring people to the Lord, but was instead hindering them, and turned into a profiteering and domineering venture.
The Romans ruled publicly.
The Priesthood was part of the Sanhedrin ruling every other aspect of life.
The scathing accusations the Lord made against the priesthood were still true after hundreds of years.
He was praying for the nation, but did not see any hope.
Then, the angel, Gabriel appeared!
Your prayers have been heard!
Gabriel appeared to give Zechariah hope; hope for the nation with the coming of the Messiah, and hope for him personally with the gift of a son!
Hope, however, was not received by faith.
And so, he was made to be silent.
Why have a priest speak to the people when he himself did not believe the Hope of the Lord?
However, man’s lack of faith does not hinder the faithfulness of the Lord.
The Lord still fulfilled His promises, and Zechariah’s son was conceived.
What is more, his niece, Mary, also was with child, the most special child, the Messiah!
Zechariah saw all of this, and this man who did not receive hope by faith at first, was changed.
Let’s look at what happened now.
Joy because He has Come
Joy because He has Redeemed
Joy because He is Faithful - Davidic Covenant
2 Samuel 7:11–13 (NIV)
The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.
He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
Psalm 132.17
Joy for Salvation from enemies
Today this mighty “horn of salvation” is able “to save completely those who come to God through him” (Hebrews 7:25).
Whoever we are, whatever we have done, no matter how heinous our sin—whether it is murder, infidelity, perversion, betrayal, embezzlement, lying, jealousy, hateful gossip, or whatever—Christ, the “horn of salvation,” can save us completely and eternally.
We must therefore take the greatest pride in the gospel, “because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).
Joy for His Faithfulness - Abrahamic Covenant
Joy for Enablement to serve
without fear
holiness and righteousness
Joyous service is a hallmark of lives where the Son has risen.
Christianity not only delivers us, but infuses our lives with purpose.
This is no small boon in a world where so many culture-shapers teach that life is meaningless.
Joy for a Son
Joy for forgiveness of sins
Joy for God’s Mercy
Joy for the Rising Sun from Heaven
shadow of death… to light of life
Is 59.9, 20
Joy for Peace
Joy because: He has Come, He has Redeemed, He is Faithful, He provides Salvation from enemies, He enables us to serve, He gives good gifts, He forgives sins, He is Merciful, He gave us the Rising Sun, He gives us Peace!
Reflecting upon, focusing on these things will give us Joy, even when within and without we have troubles.
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