Psalm 89:15-29

Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;
    they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.
For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. 
For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
     “I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
      I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
      my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
      The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
      I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
      My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
      I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
      He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
      I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
      Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.
      I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.
 

  From Rev. Kevin Snow, Central Christian Church, Huntington:

As children of God, we are a people of covenant.  However, in a world that prefers black and white to grey, contracts followed to the T, and little room for error, a life of covenant with God and one another can be difficult.  Our covenant with God is ongoing (no set beginning or end date), fluid (the characteristics and shape change frequently), and grace-filled (space for error, mercy, and reconciliation).  Psalm 89 speaks of different aspects of our covenant with God:  presence and strength (v.21), reassurance and humility (v.22), faithfulness and steadfast love (v.24), the promise of an everlasting covenant (v.28), and endurance (v.29).  For Christians, this covenant was solidified in the birth of Christ that we anticipate in this Advent season. 

As we look forward to the birth of Christ, our reminder of God’s presence and covenant, we do so echoing the joy and celebration of the Psalmist.

For your covenant and presence, O God,
we lift up our voices in thanksgiving. 
May the light of Christ in generations past and those to come
provide for us a guiding light in this Advent season.
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