Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:78-79 (KJB)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

The glory of God had left the Temple and for centuries the voice of the prophet had been silenced in Israel. But the Lord had not forgotten His people, for the day at last came when once again He spoke through the mouth of Zacharias – who was to utter a prophecy, that the promised kingdom of God, and salvation, through His the long-awaited Messiah, was at last dawning.

It was through God’s grace and love that the Light of salvation, which had been promised in the garden of Eden so long ago, was ready to pierce the deep darkness of the world – for it was through the tender mercy of our same gracious God that the Light of His salvation was finally dawning.

Spiritual darkness had been the sorry state of Israel for many centuries but at last the people who were walking in darkness were to see a great Light – and on those living in the land of the shadow of death, the radiance of God was at last dawning – as Zacharias announced that:– because of the tender mercy of our God, His Light from on high has visited us – to shine its light on all those who live in deep darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

The reviving light of the knowledge of the glory of God can only be seen in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the Dayspring from on high – He is history’s unique Auroea – He is the Morning Light of God grace – He is the reviving Light Who alone gives life and hope and peace and love. Yes Jesus Christ is the Morning-Star – He is the coming Son, in Whom is Light and Life – eternal life – abundant life. And His Light and Life continues to be shed abroad through light of the glorious gospel of saving grace, to all who will believe on His name.

My Prayer

Dear loving heavenly Father, how we praise Your glorious name for sending the Dayspring from heaven to be our Saviour and Lord – to be our Light in a world of darkness and Life for all of us who trust in Your name, AMEN

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