Painting by Corot: Old Man on Trunk
The Bible tells in Luke 2 of Simeon. The Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he saw the Messiah.
Waiting. Waiting. Years of waiting.
Will deliverance ever come?
Worshiping the LORD and waiting…
When will the Messiah come?
Scanning faces as they’re passing--
LORD, don’t let me miss the king!
Daily hopes meet daily dashing,
But you’ve promised! Hope still springs.
Babies passing by the thousands--
Precious, cute, but not the One.
Then the Spirit speaks somehow, and
See! It’s him! Messiah’s come!
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. (Luke 2:25-26 ESV)