Praying the song of Simeon 2

Praying the song of Simeon

Luke 2: 30

“For my eyes have seen your salvation …”

This old man shows us that salvation is not in a set of commandments, it is not a religion or a set of beliefs. It is not a lifestyle. It is a person. It is the baby that Simeon has in his arms. Cradling baby Jesus he looks down and realises this is God’s salvation. Amongst all the other babies in the Temple that day the Spirit has prompted Simeon to realise that this baby is the One. Still today, many have watched the baby in the nativities around the world, but it takes the Spirit to open our eyes to see the Saviour.

What do these 7 words say to us as we begin our new year?

Simeon was waiting for the comforting of Israel. He was prayerfully expecting God to move in his lifetime and more than this the Holy Spirit had filled him with hope that he would see the Messiah before he died.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope. 1 Timothy 1:1

We continually remember before our God and Father … your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

 

We need to keep hope alive. We need to keep hoping. No matter what it looks like’ My hope is in Christ’. You are in danger of losing everything if you have lost your hope. There needs to be an awakening of Hope. The best is yet to come.

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to veil His face

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil.

 

His oath, His covenant, and blood

Support me in the ‘whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way

He then is all my hope and stay.

 

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

 

We are not like the many who put their hope in circumstances. Our hope is in a person. Simeon held weakness and vulnerability in his arms and yet hope flooded his life. Our hope is in Jesus and you may not see him clearly enough and his voice may be quiet compared to the loud messages all around but Jesus is the hope of the world and He is your hope this year.

  1. No fear.

Have you seen what Luke has been doing at the start of his gospel? Zechariah and Elizabeth, righteous and devout, the parents of the last prophet and yet Luke is clear in his writing, they are old in years. Simeon (and Anna, her age is actually detailed) is old and near death and is holding Jesus in his arms, passed to him by a young mother, Mary.

It is only Luke who records an additional teaching of Jesus in 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached…”

Up to and including John the Baptist the Word of God had been proclaimed through the law and the prophets but now through Jesus it is encountered through him, He is the Word.

Why does Luke mention the 4 old characters and the young Mary centred on the arrival of Jesus with the forerunner of the prophetic messenger John?

It is because he is showing the end of a chapter and the start of a new one.

It is because he is showing their willingness to embrace that change.

It is because he is showing that there was nothing to fear in that change. He is showing that this change honours the past. He is keen to use the phrase ‘as it is written in the law of the Lord’ in a way that honours the past not rubbishes it.

The Law and the prophets could never fulfil a person’s satisfaction, only Jesus can do this. You can try to be perfect but you will be imperfect by trying. Only Jesus can make you right before God.

Let this year not only be a year of focusing less on effort and more on the relationship we have with Jesus but let it also herald a year of change where you are not afraid to move forward. Instead you embrace that change with no fear.

  1. Experience

Have you held Him in your arms?

Not have you been to church?

Are you holding Him?

Are you carrying the presence of the Saviour?

One thing I know about carrying babies is that you carry them gently, carefully and lovingly. You don’t become distracted, your attention is on them in all you do whilst they are in your arms. You become a different person when carrying a baby.

Have you held Him in your arms?

May this year be a year of experiencing His presence for longer moments than you have ever known. May it change the way you live, speak, think and do. May everyone notice you are walking differently, living differently, that there has been an incredible change in your life since you started carrying Him.

 

Here is my prayer

My Salvation,

You came for me. My hope has always been in you even before I knew you. Today it has not changed. You are my hope. On this hope, my solid rock, I choose to stand.

I choose not to fear. No matter what comes to me this year. No matter which storms of life that beat against me, I will not be afraid.

I embrace any change that you bring to my life. I will not resist it, I will be thankful for it.

I count it an eternal privilege to host your presence in my life. I hold you in my arms as I am in yours. In all that I do and all that I am let it come through the filter of the experience of your presence.

This is my desire for this year.

Amen

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