1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
Psalm 33: 1-9
Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation. The wisdom of the Psalmist in the beginning of Psalm 33 also encourages us to find reasons for hope and rejoicing in every season.
As you travel through Advent, follow the Psalmist’s encouragement to “rejoice” and to “sing a new song” for as we read in verse 5, “the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.” What is your life full of during this wondrous season? What can you let go of in order to make more room for hope and rejoicing?
The God of Israel is the God of Jesus Christ and our God as we continue our earthly journeys. The thousands of years since the Psalmist wrote melt away and the steadfastness of God’s love for creation is reason for us to hope and rejoice here in 2015.
Just as the angels encouraged the shepherds to “fear not” so the Psalmist calls all the earth to “fear the LORD”, to live in awe of our glorious Creator. Which is it – fear not or fear? It is both. We will all encounter sadness during Advent yet in Christ we have an eternal reason for hope.
Read the Psalms, pray the Psalms, find reasons for hope and rejoicing every day of your faith journey.
A prayer for this day:
God of all times, Lord of all nations: We rejoice in your steadfast love. Journey with us to the Bethlehem stable. Help us never to forget the Cross of Calvary and the hope we discover in the Resurrection. We rejoice in the goodness of your Creation and are thankful to be part of it. Journey with us as we await the Messiah. Amen.
Rev. John Causey (M. Div., 1981)
Shallotte Presbyterian Church