Daily Advent Devotion Wednesday, December 4

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Psalm 119:129-176; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Peter 3:1-10 and Matthew 21:23-32

Psalm 119:129-176 – 135 Make your face shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes. …

164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous ordinances.
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble. …

174 I long for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and let your ordinances help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.

Several things stand out to me as I read this portion of Psalm 119 and as I continue my journey through Advent.

First and foremost, I have gone astray like a lost sheep. I do follow my own way instead of God’s way. I do things I shouldn’t do and don’t do things I should do. I say things I shouldn’t have said and don’t say things I should have. Praise be to God that God doesn’t forsake me to my own ways but God always reaches out to me and is there for me.

I do pray often;” O Lord, make your face shine upon your servant; teach me your ways and guide me on my path.” If only I would follow the one who has gone before me, namely our Lord Jesus Christ.

I do know those who have known great peace because they know and trust in God’s love expressed most clearly to us through Jesus’ life, ministry, teachings, death and resurrection. These seem to have clarity about their life, their purpose and their salvation. The second candle of Advent, at least at Community Presbyterian Church, is the candle of peace. May we all seek this peace which surpasses all understanding.

Lastly what stands out to me is how praise and thanking God for his ordinances, commandments, was built into the day of the Psalmist. Seven times he paused to give praise and thanks to God. This could be upon rising, at breakfast, mid-morning, noontime, mid-afternoon, dinner and then bed time. Not a bad pattern to build into our days.

O Lord, on this the first Wednesday of Advent, may I seek to praise you throughout this day, study your commandments and your ways, study the ways of my Lord, Jesus Christ and seek always to be guided by you each moment of this day and every day. May the peace of knowing your love abide in me now and always. Thanks for forgiving me the many times I follow my ways instead of Yours and thanks for always guiding me back unto your holy ways. Amen.

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