Zechariah had been a silent observer as his wife, Elizabeth had been filled with the Spirit (1:41), when he could finally speak, he praised God and then, filled with the Holy Spirit he prophesied. This is the same Zechariah who on being the first person to hear a message from God in over four hundred years, messed up so badly. Yet God did not wash his hands of Zechariah, he had things for him to do and things he wanted to be said.
“’Horn’ is a common OT metaphor for power because of the great strength of the horned animals of the Near East.” (Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary) Great themes of salvation, redemption and rescue are found in this prophecy and they are centred on the promised Messiah from the family of King David (1:69) acting with great power (the horn reference).
This salvation was for a clear purpose (1:74), to enable us to serve him. The purpose of salvation is never so that believers can lounge around on clouds! It’s to enable Christians to enter into lives of service (Ephesians 2:10). A service that is without fear and that is truly remarkable when we consider who we are and who God is.
We give thanks that although we are fallen people, God has not finished with us. He chooses the weak things of this world to confound the strong. Thank you Lord that this salvation is personal and that you have purposes for each of us.
Lord, help us to serve you without fear in holiness and righteousness.