Bible Reading: Psalm 89; Luke 2:1-14
Psalm 89 begins, “I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.” Is there a more powerful and true statement for this Christmas season? As the children of God, Christmas means much more to us than the rest of the world. We are the most blessed people, because our God has loved us enough to send His Son to save us from sin! 89:15-18 says, “Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face…For you are the glory of their strength…For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.” This psalm is describing the people of Israel, but this also beautifully describes us as well. We know how to shout praises to our God, and we know the joy of walking in His light. Although we are weak because of sin, we are given strength from God, and He is our shield of protection. Our lives are saved because of the love our Heavenly Father.
The love of God is hard to express sometimes. When you are overwhelmed by His presence and care for you, it is difficult to find the right words to say. See how God describes His love and care for His people in 89:28-29 – “My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him. I will establish his offspring forever and his throne as the days of the heavens.” The reason we can sing of God’s love forever is because He loves us forever. God is faithful and true, and His love never fails nor changes. He loves you now and forever, and He showed that in His willingness to send Christ to die on the cross. When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Savior. God sent the gift of His love in the form of a baby in Bethlehem. He will not go back on this, nor will He forget it. God’s love for us is seen in the manger, and upon the cross.
I want us to see this today because there is so much happening in this world that makes us forget God’s love. With so much wickedness and sin surrounding us in the world, we need all of the reminders of God’s love we can get. We are far too quick to forget the amazing love of God. Israel knew their share of misfortune and persecution. Due to their sinfulness and idolatry, they were captured and led off into exile. Even when God brought them back, many still turned back to their sins. It is in the midst of these trials, persecutions, and hard times, that Ethan writes psalm 89. He remembers God’s promises and God’s faithfulness as he observes the hard times. He prays for God to remember His promises and fulfill them. As He prays and cries out to God, he finds peace in knowing God is faithful and never fails His people. In the peace of God, we are able to end our prayers the same as psalm 89 and say, “Blessed be the Lord forever!”
Call to Action: As we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, I hope we all are able to sing of His love. The amazing love God has shown to us maybe hard to put into words, but we must never forget it! No matter what circumstances you are living in right now, the love of God is the shield and strength you need. Take time to remember the faithfulness God has shown to you, and remember the hope of salvation He has given to you. I pray that you all have a wonderful Christmas, and that the love and peace of God fills your hearts and your homes. Merry Christmas, and God bless you all and your families.