Advent is here; the season that beckons us to remember our past and where we came from, and yet also compels us to look to the future of the promised Messiah. In the midst of schedules, homework, church obligations, holiday concerts, parties, and play… we are called to pause for a moment and focus on God our Creator.
The Psalmist remembers the faithfulness of God’s covenant, yet is also reminded of the many struggles for the people of Israel in ages past. It takes an honest person to acknowledge the error in one’s ways. Here, the author is willing to admit that the people have not always been faithful. And yet despite the brokenness, the humanness of God’s children, God continues to provide. God’s kingdom is slowly, patiently, being realized here on earth. The Psalmist uses words like ‘salvation’ and ‘glory’ to describe the coming reality of God’s reign. And then the author writes about ‘righteousness’. It kisses peace—what a beautiful image! It gazes down from heaven. It walks before God. Righteousness is what we celebrate in God’s forgiveness. We are so privileged to be part of God’s presence here on earth!
Loving Creator, I thank you for your patience and your love. Help me to walk more faithfully with you. Help me to bring your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
May we be comforted by your history of loving us, dear Lord, at peace with your daily presence, and energized for the adventures that lie ahead.
This is one of my entries from the D365 devotion website. This site, especially focusing on the spiritual development of youth and young adults, is a great way to journey with God this season of Advent!