Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.
Or RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB
God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.”
JUDITH 13:18BCDE, 19
R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” (Luke 1:31)
I don’t know about you, but having that feeling when you receive good news is always the best. That feeling of accomplishment is exhilarating and amazing to the mind and body. One of the greatest news I ever got was when I was qualified for the Praise Band in BLD.
Now, to be honest, I’m a really shy guy. But, once you get to know me, I can be one who you can depend on. But in this case, when it comes to auditions or public speaking, I can’t think straight and my words go crazy when I speak. So, back to the topic in hand. Just when I signed the audition sheet. I was already nervous. Even though I had time to practice one song, it was really nerve racking. But, at the same time, it was also exciting to know that I have a chance to play for the Lord. When I passed in the audition sheet, I put all my focus on practicing. When it came to my auditions, I was late. But not too late. When I got to the venue, I had a little time to setup. Then I played. While I was playing, the only thing that was going through my head was just play through the song and don’t worry, because I know that whatever happens to my results, it happened for a reason.
After my auditions, like I said, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, if I did okay or if there’s anything I could’ve done that was better. I had this mind set until the day I got my results. On that day, I didn’t know what would happen, so I just said, whatever I get, I’ll just accept it. When I came to the venue that Saturday, it was the usual worship and teaching but at the end of all of it, the band coordinator came up to me and gave me a letter and left. When I opened the letter, my heart was racing with excitement and relief because I got in. I was so happy that I actually cried! Everyone noticed my joy so I got hugs all around. It was really one of the greatest moments of my life and I have no regrets.
Always remember take risks in life and don’t worry about the outcome. God will take care of the rest. All you have to do is wait.
This is Living (ft. Lecrae) by Hillsong Young & Free