The Hope of Advent: Day Seven
It’s been a great first week of advent, focusing on the hope of what is to come. Find the full week here:
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem, he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; the understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble, he casts the wicked to the ground.”
– Psalm 147: 1 – 6
This may sound odd, but I love that our hope in God requires a response. I’ve hoped for many things in life, and most of them were outside of my control, or where there was nothing I could do to determine the outcome – granted, especially earlier in life the things I “hoped” for were shallow, but none the less, this hope that has been building all week, that has been growing along with my anticipation, results in an action of worship. The Psalmist writes “Praise the Lord!” and to “sing praises to our God” and this response is a natural outcome from recognizes that our hope is in a God who gathers outcasts, healing brokenhearted and their wounds. These characteristics are in the story of the birth of Jesus – God gathering outcasts (shepherds from the fields) and healing the brokenhearted (Elizabeth and the birth of John).
Our response to this hope we have read this week should be a posture of worship and I need to continually ask myself: what is my posture as we move towards Christmas?