Monday, December 19, 2011

Advent - December 19


Psalm 61, 62, 112, 115

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Titus 1:1-16

Luke 1:1-25

Today’s Psalms take us a step closer into our relationship with God and His love for us as the psalmists help define who God is. While God remains undefinable, the psalmist contrasts him to the idols of the world and argues his superiority against the limitations of man-made tokens.

In Psalm 62 the psalmist uses repeated phrases to draw attention to the reliance on God but changes one word to show degrees of that reliance. He begins with, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” In the second repeat, salvation becomes hope. God gives the writer both a sense of security and something to look forward to.

Psalm 115 gives that contrast between God and idols. Verses three through eight set up the limitations of the living God against the inanimate objects sculpted by human hands and ends with the conclusion that ultimately those who worship idols end up just like them – silent.

By placing our faith in the living God who exists in the heavens and has given the earth to mankind, we receive both salvation and hope. As we count down the final days before we celebrate the birth of Christ and enter into the Christmas season, let us prepare ourselves for these gifts that bring us security and something to look forward to all the days of our lives and the eternity promised.