Light for My Path Daily Devotion
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited us and prepared redemption for his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, just as he said long ago through the mouth of his holy prophets. He raised up salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, in order to show mercy to our fathers by remembering his holy covenant, the oath which he swore to Abraham our father, to grant deliverance to us from the hand of our enemies, so that we are able to serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, because you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins, because of God’s tender mercies, by which the Rising Sun from on high will visit us, to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. The child continued to grow and became strong in spirit. He lived in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. (Luke 1:67-80 EHV)
Hymn ELH 105:1,6 On Jordan’s Bank the Herald’s Cry
On Jordan’s bank the herald’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whose advent set Thy people free:
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.
O Holy Spirit, prepare my heart through repentance to meet my Savior. Give me joy in the forgiveness Jesus earned for me. In His name I pray. Amen.