The Hope of Advent: Day Three
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
– Psalm 25: 1-10
This psalm is such a great balance of trust and desperation. There is a deep yearning from David saying again and again, “Remember, God. I need you to remember your promises, your mercy, your forgiveness.” There is this deep pleading to not be forgotten, to not be overcome. But right alongside of this pleading is this deep undercurrent of trust – trust that God will provide, that he is a God who fulfills his promises, that God is faithful and steadfast, and I love the honest juxtaposition of acknowledging God’s traits while pleading for them to be true in the writer’s life. I love this juxtaposition because it is a tension that I often find myself in the midst of. It’s this heartfelt expression of trust in the character of God, and yet even knowing who God is, it is this plea for God to be made real, and this passage is written with this theme of waiting, of longing, of anticipation.
“For you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” There is such hope in this statement – that the salvation of God is worth waiting for, worth anticipating each and every day – even in the midst of crying out. Today I am reminded that my hope in this Advent season is in a God whose redemption and salvation are so much bigger than I could have dreamed of, and so I again place my expectant hope in this Holy God who promises to reveal himself anew.