Praying the Benedictus 3
Luke 1: 69 “He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David”
A cursory look through the Psalms will reveal how the word ‘horn’ is symbolic for our strength.
Zechariah’s burst of praise is for Jesus who has the power and the ability to save. He can do. He can save. He can accomplish. He has power to save. Salvation is not gained or earned, it is found in the strength of Jesus.
The Jews believed that the Messiah would bring back the good days of King David. They would hold to the prophecy of Jeremiah in 23:5-6:
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.
And how would that happen?
Jesus came into this world at a highly vulnerable moment when the first Christmases was tinged with atrocities such as Herod’s slaughter of the innocent baby boys under 2yrs in order to find and kill Jesus. He left this world going through the vulgarity of the torture of the cross. By doing so He showed that He had the strength to survive such suffering.
The horn of salvation, that is Jesus, exists in pain and suffering. What is he doing? He is delivering us and bringing us out of the hell of that pain. This is His kingship and similar to the infamous King David He is leading people forward in a life of strength. He does this not by law, but by grace. Continued grace. Grace that is not exhaustive. A grace that has no limitations.
When you know this truth then you will never ever ask, where is God? He exists in suffering to strengthen and to save those in pain.
Today you may be weakened by forces within and vulnerable by forces outside but Jesus is the strength of salvation. Jesus is there with you with the power to bring you through.
Jesus my Saviour.
Here I am in my weakened humanity and targeted by my spiritual enemies.
And here you are, with me.
You are strong where I am weak.
Thank you for your grace.
In grace lead me through this and lead me in power.