Ps. 89:1-8, 13-18  

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.'”  

 

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.

 You have a mighty arm;

            strong is your hand,

                        high your right hand.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

            steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

 

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.

 

             from Rev. William Pollack, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Princeton

            It is sometimes difficult to acknowledge Advent this time of the year.  The sights and sounds of the days all seem to dismiss the significance of the season.  We celebrate Christmas too early.  

            Though the Gift of Jesus has already come to Bethlehem, may we offer ourselves to the truth that there are still reasons for rejoicing today.  The Psalmist says, “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!”  He has already expressed his thankful spirit.  Words like “covenant”, “faithfulness”, “righteousness” and “justice” are mentioned as reasons for his confidence and hope.       How blessed we are when we read these words and understand that, in this Advent season, the “joyful sound” of His second appearing can be heard even as we celebrate the gift of God’s love today.

 

Heavenly Father, help us to hear and rejoice

in the good news of Your great love in our Advent longing.  

May we be found in You when our Lord returns,

as we are faithful to the end. 

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