I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a veritable plethora of singing competitions on network television these days. I like to sing too; in the car, in the shower, mostly alone but sometimes to newborn babies and to sweet folks during their last remaining days on this side of heaven. I do sing in church, but only in unison with hundreds of others so that I can’t be heard above them. What makes you sing? What moves you to the core of your being that you burst out into song?
There’s an obscure old man in the Gospels named Simeon who waited his whole life to see Jesus. When he finally takes the baby Jesus into his arms he can’t control his emotions so he bursts into song! Now there are few things that move men to speak poetically or sing (especially old men). We know that Adam was moved to speak poetry when he met Eve. This is understandable because we know that it was the first time he had ever seen a women and she had yet to shop for clothes. But after a lifetime of waiting for his one wish to be fulfilled, Simeon speaks the most beautiful words regarding his Savior. We call it Simeon’s Song:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.” – (Luke 2:29-32)
This is a man whose hope was set on the promise he had to see His Savior with his own eyes! When you are dead in transgressions and sins, without God, without hope in this world and the glorious light of the gospel breaks into your heart and you experience the Father stand up from his throne with arms wide open and you hear him call out your name and his irresistible grace draws you toward him and your eyes are opened to see your salvation accomplished through the work of the Son, what do you do?………… You sing! You sing like Simeon. The Gospel should make us sing!