Daily Advent Devotion Thursday, December 19

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – Psalm 132; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Titus 1:1-16 and Luke 1:1-25

Psalm 132 – “Let us go to his dwelling place;
let us worship at his footstool.”

11 The Lord swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne.

God gave a promise that one of David’s sons/descendants would sit upon the throne and God kept that promise once and for all in the sending of the eternal Son of David/Son of God – Jesus.

Through the next few days, these last days before Christmas we’ll journey through the opening chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Then on Christmas Eve we’ll read the account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.

In the reading from the Gospel of Luke today we hear how the prayers of Zechariah and Elizabeth were answered through the conception of one named John. I invite you to read through the gospel readings each day as we prepare our own heart, mind and soul for God’s very presence amongst us.

I’ll provide a link each day to the Gospel reading;

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2013/12/19/#gospel-reading

In Psalm 132 we’re invited to go to God’s dwelling place and worship at God’s footstool. For the Jews of old this was to go to Jerusalem and worship God who dwelt in the Holy Temple. What does it mean to you to go to God’s dwelling place? How do you sense doing that?

For me it means focusing on how Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us and thanks to his life, death and resurrection is still with us today. He abides with us and is constantly calling us to abide in him. So to worship at God’s footstool is to affirm how God continues to dwell with us today.

O God, through these next few days of Advent, help me, help us come unto you as you came unto us and worship you in spirit and in truth. Help us know that you are with us and will always be. Amen.

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