The heart of him who “worships the Father in spirit and in truth” is found in Ps.34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE WILL ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” It is apparent here that those who have been delivered sing a song of deliverance, those who have been afflicted sing a song of restoration so that those who are in need can be encouraged and lifted to deliverance.
Zach and Liz did not know they were born to produce the forerunner of Christ. And if they had known, at their age they would have felt certain that they had outlived purpose! Elizabeth’s age and health and natural mind could not see a pregnancy in her future, especially not one of such divine order. How many people of God, because of age and health and life’s circumstances, feel they have outlived purpose, not realizing there are people not yet born that they are destined to touch, not realizing there are circumstances not yet in existence they were born to affect or cover in prayer? (Seventh excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they not give up on the promises and enablements of God for them and may they not give up on one another’s promises, gifts and callings. ”So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Gal.6:9, Msg)
May you exert energy just because you want to delight yourself in the Lord Who is your wholeness and strength. May family and friends speak of your good health. “Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” (Prov.3:8, Msg)
Do you think Zacharias, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary had any sense they were POSITIONED for their purpose? I don’t think so! Neither did the Widow of Nain plodding along in the funeral procession, feel POSITIONED by God to dance home with a resurrected son, but she was! Saul atop his horse, on a Christian-killing mission, answering only to the Sanhedrin had no warning he was about to be blind, wrapped around that horse’s knees and entering training to be an apostle, but he was POSITIONED by the purpose of God! Murmuring Martha, grieving and waiting to give Jesus a piece of her mind over his tardiness, had no inkling she was about to un-bury the brother she had buried four days before, but she was POSITIONED … in destiny … in purpose … in history. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
If you want to know what a certain people were going through at a particular time in history, look at their music. Music throughout history has told of the joy, the tragedy, the triumphs and the defeats of a tribe, a race, or a nation. The book of Exodus makes record that after God had saved Israel from Egypt by drowning Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea, “Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and the rider are thrown into the sea’” (Ex. 15:1). This truly was a song that Israel had never sung before!