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12.12 Advent Devotional

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a king,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Scripture - Psalm 102:18-22

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
    so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:
that he looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
    to set free those who were doomed to die;
so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
    and his praise in Jerusalem,
when peoples gather together,
    and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

Devotion - "a people yet unborn may praise the Lord."

Psalm 102 is a prayer to God for help for the “afflicted” people of all ages, to ease distress and pain. The author isn’t specifically asking God to solve the problems. Instead he reflects on the unchanging nature of God, and that He endures forever. It is in these specific verses of the psalm where we find hope: all people who come in the future (yet unborn) will come together in praise and worship of the Lord, because He endures forever. As the birth of Jesus Christ approaches, we celebrate these themes of hope and trust as we come together in worship and praise in His holy name.

 

Judie Greenawalt

Joy to the World, performed by Liturgical Dance Group, arranged by Chip Davis

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.