Saturday, December 29- PSALM 96
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it” (vv 11-12)
This psalm uplifts the spirits. It calls us to sing a new song, to bless and praise God, for all that God is, all that God does, for how God reigns.
This week we celebrate Christ’s birth, our Emmanuel, God with us, who shows us exactly what God is like. He shows us the heart of God and what the reign of God looks like.
Jesus extends mercy and forgiveness. He issues peace deeper than all of life’s troubles. Jesus heals, restores, and makes whole. He loves us unconditionally, beyond our imaginings. He comforts the brokenhearted and lifts up the oppressed. He brings the marginalized into the center. No one is unseen. Each person is of immeasurable worth. Grace abounds.
Looking at who our God is, how can we not sing? How can we not praise our God? This is the reign we are a part of, the reign we are to participate in and reflect.
May we be reflections of you and your reign, Lord Jesus. Amen.
(The devotions for Christmas week were originally written by Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff for the Covenant Home Altar. They are used with permission here)