Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Hello Friends: 12.13.12- Song of Zechariah

Hello Friends,

All throughout the month of December I’ve been highlighting five STORIES that revolve around five SONGS in the Book of Luke. This has been the focus of each week’s HELLO FRIENDS emails as well as each of our weekend worship gatherings at West Salem Foursquare. This series is called SHINE: The Songs of Christmas. A really fun element to this series is that our Worship/Creative Arts Department has been working diligently to write, record and release FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS to coincide with our SHINE series. Go to to download them week by week. Share them with friends and family.

First we focused upon the Song of Elizabeth. Then last week we discovered that there really is “something about Mary.” This week we are tackling the Song of Zechariah.

Zechariah is the husband to Elizabeth and the father to John (the Baptist, that is).

When the angel of the Lord announced to Zechariah that his old and barren wife would give birth to a prophet, he was dumbfounded. He couldn’t figure out how it was gonna happen. Now, before you chalk this up to another case of unbelief, ask yourself how you would have responded.

For starters: an angel is talking to you.

Secondly: the angels says that your wife is gonna have a baby even though she’s pretty up there in age.

You and I would probably be…speechless.

And that’s what Zechariah was. Speechless.

The angel told him that he would be unable to speak until the baby was born. That would be roughly nine months, right? Imagine not being able to talk for nine months. Especially after having a direct encounter with an ANGEL!

After many months, the baby to be named John was born. I love what happens next. The very first words out of the mouth of Zechariah is PRAISE. His song of praise has been captured in Luke 1:67-79. Over the centuries it’s been called The Benedictus. This is a strong contender for being the greatest hymn ever uttered by human lips.

So, the first words out of Zechariah’s lips after being speechless for over nine months was PRAISE.

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.”

What are the first words out of your lips?

When you get up in the morning, what comes out of your mouth? When you are pressed or angry, how do you respond?

Do you speak praise and blessings at church, but nasty, foul language during the week?

In the Book of James chapter 3 it says that “out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My friends, this should not be. Can fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”

Let’s take a cue from the Song of Zechariah and give careful thought to our words. Commit with me this week (and this entire Christmas season) to be a person of PRAISE.


Pastor John

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