Psalm 89:1-8

 I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
 with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
 I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
 your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.'” Selah
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
     a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?
O LORD God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O LORD?
Your faithfulness surrounds you.

  From Rev. William Flewelling, Proctor, WV:

In this season of awaiting, of the anticipation of the fullness of the Lord in our midst, we continually re-ground ourselves in the basics: God’s love, God’s faithfulness.  These are and remain our standards.  Not only are these the trademarks of the Lord God revealed in the life experience of Israel and supremely in the ministry and passion of the Lord Jesus, but they are and remain our standards by which we know ourselves.  For as a people of the kingdom of God, we are indulged in the qualities of God (“… thy kingdom come …” in the Lord’s Prayer, as we have been taught to pray); we rejoice and sing for joy over the God who is love and is faithfulness … without fail.

This Psalm draws out from us the richness of God whose love has been poured into us by the Holy Spirit.  It is almost commonplace to speak of the experience of God’s love, or God’s faithfulness.  But in this fermenting season of Spirit and Truth, in the longing that gropes throughout our anticipation to find the taste – the foretaste – of this coming of the Lord in his kingdom and in his glory … here, indeed, we learn this love, this faithfulness as integral to our hearts, the character of who we are as persons and as a people saturated with God – so much so that we cannot be ourselves without the thoroughgoing density of God.  We await that fullness in the clarity of life most intimately entwined with God in the medium of Sprit, Love, Faithfulness.

As we sing for ever the love of God, it is the love that leads us into the measureless intensity of the kingdom to which we belong, which is already in us, among us, already drawn near, to near as to be almost complete in us.  As our mouths proclaim God’s faithfulness, it is the basic, bedrock constancy (one cannot be usually faithful, after all) that founds the life we are coming to know, have begun to life (in such utter joy) – as being at one with the life of God we so exultantly celebrate.

When we sing “Joy to the World, the Lord is come,” we sing the consummation of the anticipation we so yearningly live this Advent.  We sing it so for we are at the brim of the fulfillment we desire which we sing and proclaim in joy, sublime bliss.

Our God, the love and faithfulness that is
 our foundation, our life, our hope:
hear our song resound in the Great Congregation
as we express the fullness we hope,
that we learn already in Christ Jesus our Delight.
 
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