“Praise Be to the Lord” (Benedictus)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our journey of Advent and preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas” This third week of the series I preached from Luke 1:67-80 on Zechariah’s song of praise, traditionally known as the Benedictus.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)

The Gift of Appropriate Humbling (Luke 1:5-22)

The gift of discipline and silence

The gift of time and reflection

The gift of knowing who we are and knowing who we’re not

The Gift of God’s Redemption in the Coming Messiah (Luke 1:67-75)

The gift of redemption and salvation through David’s line

The gift of mercy and rescue

The gift of serving God without fear and with goodness

The Gift of the Miracle Child Who Prepares the Way (Luke 1:76-80)

The gift of knowing God’s ways

The gift of receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy

The gift of God’s light over death’s darkness


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize all or part of today’s text, Luke 1:67-79.
  • Continue with the devotional that accompanies Advent and this series here.
  • Draw, ink, or paint Zechariah exclaiming his message or the content of what Zechariah describes in his song in Luke 1:67-79. Take time to talk with God as you depict the scene in your own way. What is God speaking to you through this? 
  • Listen to a musical rendering of this song, such as: “Benedictus” by Ralph Vaughan Williams as performed by the Choir of St. Michael at the North Gate.

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