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Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1To the leader: on Lilies, a Covenant. Of Asaph, A Psalm
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might, and come to save us!
5You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6You make us scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
18Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
19Restore us, O LORD, God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Thanks be to God
1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence-
2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
5You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of iniquity.
8Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Thanks be to God.
Children have an innate, natural wonder. So much of their lives are out of their control that they have to approach the world with amazement. They recognize that things are happening all around them, but the life of a child is filled with waiting for action, instead of doing things themselves.
Advent, a season of waiting. We put aside our self-indulgence, and wait by hope for the God who is our hope. We take on the patience of children, for we know God is about to do something amazing, and this world will never be the same after. So keep watch in the night, and remember what God is doing in our midst.