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He Has Visited Us

December 7, 2015

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He Has  Visited Us

In God’s word  when the people noticed  something special  that God had done  for them,  they would say something like,  “He has visited us,”  meaning that God had been near  to them  and paid attention  to their needs  and His promises.     That’s what Zacharias,  the father  of John the Baptist,  acknowledged  with John’s birth.     In Luke 1:68,  Zacharias said,

Blessed be  the Lord God  of Israel,
For He has visited us  and accomplished  redemption  for His people.

It’s an honor  to see God  fulfill  His promises  —  especially God’s promise  of redemption  through the Savior,  and the promise  of having a forerunner  announce  the Savior’s coming.     Zacharias  not only “blessed”  the “Lord God”  for having  “visited  by keeping His promise  of having a forerunner  to the Savior,  but he “blessed”  God for already  having “accomplished redemption  for His people”.

Note that  “visited”  and  “accomplished  are past tense.     Zacharias used  past tense words  because  when the LORD  makes a promise,  it is as good  as a done deal  —  even when  we have not seen  the final results.     Every word  of God is eternal  and can be totally trusted.     God first made the promise  of a Savior  in the Garden  of Eden,  and He kept that promise  in Jesus thousands  of years later.

In that seemingly  long time frame,  God worked in  all the details  about the Savior  and His forerunner  so that we could be undoubtedly assured  that Jesus alone  is the true Savior.     We need  to trust facts  —  not hearsay  or myths.

Seeing  what God  has done  for us  in Christ,  we can say  with Psalm 85:9,

Surely  His salvation  is near  to those  who fear Him,
That glory  may dwell  in our land.

“Salvation”  truly  “is near  to those  who fear Him”.     Absolutely everyone  who respects  and trusts Jesus  as the promised Savior  will receive  eternal  “salvation”.

Knowing our “salvation”  is a sure thing,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for having visited us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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