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Advent Readings: Day 4

For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!

Psalm 89:1-8

1I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
2I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
4’I will established your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

5The heavens praise your wonders, LORD,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?
Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?
7In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
     he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?
You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

A few comments

Advent is a time of promise. We wait in the darkness and the cold for the light to dawn. It really matters therefore that we are confident that we can trust God. Psalm 89 is a song of praise to God for his faithfulness. The Psalmist has no doubt that God will fulfil the promise made to David in 2 Samuel 7. Why is he so confident? Because of who God is:

You Lord are mighty,
and your faithfulness surrounds you.

As we wait for Jesus’ return and the day when faith will change to sight and touch, it is great to know that we can trust our God. None of his promises ever fail. Not a word falls to the ground. We can share the confidence of the Psalmist Ethan the Ezrahite (I’m not making that up), but we can be more confident, because we have seen the promise he was trusting in, fulfilled already in Jesus coming to earth that first Christmas.

Point for Prayer

Praise God for his faithfulness. Perhaps, too, think about which promises you find hardest to trust and hold onto. Confess that and ask God to deepen your faith.