Praying the song of Simeon
Luke 2: 25-29 “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace…’
So what does Luke tell us about this man?
He is righteous, he’s a good man to have around, you can count on him, dependable, walked with God, he chose wisely.
He is devout, he’s a devoted to God kind of man, someone who served God, who gave his life to Him and the work of God.
He embraced the suffering of Israel and their desperate need for a Messiah to come and strengthen the people, ‘comfort my people’ would have been his prayer.
Oh yes!! The Holy Spirit was on him. Such beautiful words. It is all that matters. Already on this first day of 2019 I have heard of people being thought not qualified enough or experienced enough. Friends, the only thing that matters, above all else, is this one thing. You can have all the degrees possible and years of experience and yet not have this one thing. Is the Holy Spirit on you?
The Holy Spirit orchestrated this meeting. No one had noticed Jesus other than he was a baby with his parents being presented as the Law of Moses required. He’s at the right time in the right place. The Holy Spirit opened his eyes to see Jesus.
What was the effect on Simeon?
He had now seen an answer to his many years of praying. This was the one thing he wanted to see before he died. He had seen it.
Here is my prayer:
Sovereign Lord, Master of my life,
I commit my ways before you. I commit to living right and to being devoted in all my ways to serving you. I choose to work for you with all my soul, strength, heart and mind.
I live amongst people who need Jesus. They are blind and lost, they are in chains and trapped behind prison doors of addiction and brokenness. Comfort these people. Come Lord Jesus Come.
Start in me! Come on me! I need your presence. I desire you. I have nothing without the Holy Spirit being on me. I wait for you.
There is one thing I need to see and that is your work in my life. Speak to me, move me to the place you want me to be. I want to be where you want me to be. Open my eyes to see Jesus. Open my eyes to see what you are doing. Let me see what others miss or dismiss.
This is my life goal, this is what I want to see before I die. Come Lord. In your Sovereignty let it be.