Ps. 89:19-26 

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!’


            from Rev. Daniel Harry, Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Beech Bottom

            In this Psalm, God talks about the covenant made with David.  In verse 19, God points out that David is one of them – one of the people of Israel.  This is the key to understanding this text as an Advent meditation.             Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of one who is with us.  When we talk about Jesus as Immanuel (God with us), we are not merely saying that Jesus lives with us but that he is also one of us.         Christmas is the birth of Jesus as a human child.  We have a Savior who understands our human nature, because he shares it, and loves us anyway.


O God, let me prepare for Jesus’ coming

not as a distant event but as an event that occurs

 every time the doorbell rings.