Advent Devotion: Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, December 1st

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Psalm 122: "Let us go into God's holy sanctuary"

A song of ascents of David

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."

2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.

4 That is where the tribes go up- the tribes of the LORD- to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure.

7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels."

8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.

Advent is defined as a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: as the arrival of the birth of Christ, and today, we are waiting for Christ to return, and fulfill the prophecy of life eternal with Him.

With that in mind, I believe that Psalm 122 is a good reminder for this Advent season because of verse 1: I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." It's a verse that encourages us to come to His house to worship and fellowship together.....an encouragement for those who have stepped away from assembling with other believers to come back to His house. It's a time to worship together to prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth. It should not just be for the Christmas season, but it should be a weekly endeavor, to help our hearts and minds prepare for the eventual return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 122 focuses on being in Jerusalem, but Jerusalem is symbolic of Christ- because only Jesus can fulfill our need for joy, peace, and security. Only when you prepare your heart and give it to the Lord, can you find a lasting joy, peace and security. It's the peace that passes all understanding.

I would encourage you during this Advent season, to invite someone to church. Show them by your example, and tell them about the lasting peace, security and joy that only a relationship with Christ can provide. Sing Psalm 122- proclaim and rejoice together, that Jesus is coming again!

Written by Pastor Robert L. Faulkner, Sr. Pastor Third Christian Church- Warren, Ohio Member of the regional Disciples Outreach Committee

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