“Praise is our natural response”
29 Now, Master,
You can dismiss Your slave in peace,
as You promised.
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
31 You have prepared it
in the presence of all peoples—
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and glory to Your people Israel
Simeon’s response is one of wisdom, he most likely acquires over a long life of humility. We are told he was a “righteous and devout” man. He was not devout in the lawful manner of the Pharisees, but devout in seeking the face of God, and His will for himself and others. This type of discipline produces opportunities to be used by God, and a selfless humility in the way we respond to Him.
Let this be your prayer: Father God, please give me Your knowledge and wisdom, longsuffering and patience in order to live a life of humility to be able to respond in praise to You. And to trust Your provision and will, and not insert my will for myself and others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.