Throughout this Advent season, my goal is to take each of the four Lectionary readings for each week and write a meditation about each one. Largely my motivation for this is simply that I love the season of Advent, yet there’s also a little bit of hoping that by blogging through this season, I can use it as a means to grieve the recent passing of my Dad.
WEEK 2: A reading from the Psalms
Lord, You showed favor to Your land; You restored Jacob’s property. You took away Your people’s guilt; You covered all their sin.
I will listen to what God will say; surely the Lord will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways.
His salvation is very near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land.
Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven. Also, the Lord will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops.
Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.
— Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Peace has been declared to those who are willing to stop and listen.
If we stopped long enough to listen to the words that God had to say to us, then what would we be able to accomplish in the world?
Near to those who fear Him.
For our fame? So we can be uplifted? So we can feel good about our abilities? So we can show how big our auditorium is? So we can broadcast on cable television?
For HIS FAME.
For HIS REPUTATION.
It’s not about our fame. It’s not about our reputation.
It’s about a broken and dying world that needs to know the Peace of a Savior.
A world that stays broken and dying as long as we sit still on our comfortable pews.
Love and truth.
Righteousness and Peace.
Love embracing the truth of the Gospel. Love embracing the ones in need of the truth.
Righteousness. A right-standing legally and relationally with the God of the Universe. Righteousness bringing peace.
Truth springing up in places where truth is not yet know.
Peace bringing truth. Peace bringing love.
Yet, the need exists. The need for someone to prepare the way.
The fields are ready for harvesting.
“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” — Psalm 126:6 (NIV)