Zechariah is prophesying to a people who had largely returned to Jerusalem but were discouraged. Their cities have not been restored to their previous greatness and returning back to the land had not made everything better. As Zechariah moves towards the end of his book, he gives them hope by pointing them to the future coming of Jesus. The people would still have to wait approximately 500 years for his arrival, but the assurance of his coming gives them hope, peace, and perspective. Seeing what Christ has done in Revelation 19 leads us to lives of praise.
As you read Revelation 19, notice the amount of times that the words hallelujah, worship, praise, and similar words occur. Though the book of Revelation is unveiling what is to come, it is almost even more a book of praise. As we reflect on what God has done, is doing, and will do, our lips are filled with praise. We see this again in Psalm 147. Lives that are lived in right connection to God will be those overflowing in praise.
Question of the day: What habits can you create to more intentionally praise God?
Father God, you are worthy of praise. You have made the world and you have made me, so I praise you. I praise you for the work of your Son and the gift of your Spirit. Help me to see your greatness today and to respond with praise. Amen.