Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
Who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hate us,
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
Luke 1:68-75 (emphasis mine)
The second point, in Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary, defines religious like this:
2. Pious; godly; loving and reverencing the Supreme Being and obeying his precepts; as a religious man.
I loved this definition of religious the first time I have read it. It tells us, using just a few words, how we are to live the religious life: Loving and reverencing the Supreme Being and obeying His precepts; as a religious woman.
Today’s verses are from Luke 1:68-75 and share Zacharias’ words of benediction (vv. 68-79) after he was able to talk again. What a delight to read such wonderful words of praises and of God’s promises.
The religious woman knows, that…
>> God has been since the world began. He is from everlasting to everlasting, all powerful, and all knowing. Why should she not trust in her God?
>> God saves her from her enemies and from the hand of all who hate her. She knows that it was God who made her and He is the One who fights the battles for her. Why should she not trust in Him?
>> God remembers His covenant and shows mercy toward His people. He sent His own Son. She knows that He died for her, rose again, and is the living God. She does not trust in anything but the One who gave His Life for her.
>> God grants us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him — without fear, in holiness and righteousness, and all the days of our life. She knows that the Price paid for her deliverance was very high. Now she delights in serving the One who has made her free.
God shows mercy, saves you, and grants you to serve Him all the days of your life.