Daily Devotion Tuesday, December 11th

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 – 2nd week of Advent

Psalm 33; Isaiah 5:18-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 and Luke 21:29-38

Psalm 33 – 1   Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.

20  Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and shield.
21  Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
22  Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.

The following comes from a sermon I preached about three years ago. It fits our reading from Psalms and 1st Thessalonians today.

“Rejoice always and again I say rejoice!

And many of us respond; “Rejoice always? Really? Do you know what my days been like.”  The checkbook doesn’t balance and more is going out than coming in. 

Rejoice always; How can I when a good friend is seriously ill and seems to get better one day and then to be worse the next.

Rejoice always, How can we when there are millions of people out of work and no real prospect of a job in the near future.”

What are you facing that makes it difficult to be joyful this day?

Friends, look back at our reading for today. What does it say? “Rejoice in the Lord. We don’t rejoice because of the situation we find ourselves in, we don’t rejoice because we have hope in ourselves. No, we hope in the Lord who is the maker of heaven and earth; who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End; who is our Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

And because we rejoice IN THE LORD; we wait upon our God and we trust in him in good times and bad, when we are up and when we are down, on sunny days and dreary days; for our real hope is in God.

What I quoted from Psalm 33 is a great call to worship for Advent. You might want to refer back to it now and then throughout the season of Advent, as we prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s birth.

Here are some verses from a couple of the other readings for today that I also found helpful.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 – 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Luke 21:29-38 – 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

O Lord, our God; today may we rejoice in you for you are our only true hope and salvation. All things of this world will one day pass away, but you and your kingdom will abide forever. May we trust in thee in good times and bad. In all situations may we pray to you, seeking your guidance, your direction, seeking to follow your will. Amen.

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