The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Psalm 138:1-3 I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.

 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Tomorrow, I will resume the prophecies and references of Jesus as the Lamb. But as today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., I thought I should digress and focus on what made Simeon such a wonderful servant of God.

He was a man of gratitude.

While the gospel of Luke never says out and out that Simeon was grateful, the context screams the fact. Let’s review what those ten verses have to say about Simeon’s attitude.

He was righteous and devout. You can’t be righteous without being right with God. And being right with God means recognizing his daily gift. “This is the day that the Lord has made… I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

He looked forward to the Messiah. He wasn’t looking back to Abraham or relying on Moses’ leadership or the history of the twelve tribes. He looked forward to a gift that only God could provide. And he lived in grateful expectation that the gift would come.

The Holy Spirit was upon him and he let himself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Living that close to God’s Spirit helped him to see God’s wonder on a regular basis. Often the best gratitude starts with recognizing God for who He is and what He does.

Simeon lived faithfully expecting God to fulfill His promise to him. He would see the Messiah! Not just in the heavenly realm, but on Earth during his physical life.

As soon as he saw the baby Jesus, he praised and thanked God. It didn’t take a moment for him to think about it. That was how he lived.

Then he blessed Mary and Joseph. He passed on the blessings and the joy he had in the Lord. He didn’t just keep what God gave him to himself. He made sure they knew it as well. Simeon gave them information that amazed them and details that Mary would treasure in her heart for years—long after Simeon’s physical form had left this world.

Simeon lived a grateful life because he lived close to God. May that be said of us as well.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King