When the righteous Simeon was presented with the infant Jesus for the Presentation to the Temple, he remembered God’s promise. You see, one day while Simeon was praying, the Holy Spirit revealed to him, “that he would not death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” (Luke 2.26) It was shortly after hearing this promise that the Mother of God was in the Temple with her Son for the Forty Days Blessing. When Simeon held Jesus, he praised God and said, “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2.29-32)
Now Simeon felt he could die in peace, knowing the Savior had been born.
We have also received a promise from God. God has promised that if we believe in Jesus we will live eternally with Him in Heaven. Saint Paul reminds us, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10.9) Simeon knew this promise and believed in his heart, and he rejoiced at the news.
With all the stress and anxiety our world is facing, you would think that we were wanting peace in our hearts. Now we can have it because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has saved us from death. What more could possibly cause anxiety in our hearts if we remember this promise? The hymn of Simeon should be our hymn; maybe it would help us remember God’s promise.