Advent Meditation: Friday, December 11, 2020

Psalm 126  •  Habakkuk 3:2-6  •  Philippians 3:12-16

Advent is a time of laughter and joy. We wait, filled with hope, for God to enter our world and restore us. Today’s psalm is powerful because it alludes to the return of the Exiles from Babylonian captivity. The fortunes restored are the people! God’s promises, as spoken through Jeremiah, were fulfilled and so the people sing and laugh that their new day has dawned. We know that God fulfilled his promise to bring us a new King, a Messiah. Therefore, our days of Advent are filled with the joy we know will be fully realized when we announce that “unto us a child is born”!

There is also the anticipated reversal, when mourning is transformed to joy and tears to laughter. Yes, the Lord has done great things for us. Yes, the Lord is doing great things for us. Yes, the Lord will do great things for us!

O Lord, thank you for our restoration. Thank you for laughter and joy. Fill us with joy for the great things you do. Amen.

Dr. Steve BishopAssociate Professor of Old Testament
Seminary of the Southwest

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