Praise the Lord!

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

We are preparing for tomorrow’s Advent celebration on the third of four Advent Sundays.  It has been a long tradition among Christians worldwide to associate this third Advent Sunday with themes of joy.  That is also why the third of the four Advent candles on an Advent wreath is pink rather than the blue (or sometimes purple) color of the other three.  Psalm 146 gives us a snapshot of what the joy of a Christian looks like.  It is essentially a life of praise “for as long as I live” (146:2), which is why the Psalm starts and ends with “Praise the Lord” (146:1, 10).  During, their lives of praise, Christians learn how to shift their “trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save” (146:5) to “hope in the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth” (146:6).  When that happens, people are blessed (146:5).  Joy is born out of a continuous realization that the Lord is “faithful for ever” (146:6) and “for all generations” (146:10) regardless the circumstances.  The psalm gives plenty examples of what this faithfulness of God looks like in the lives of ordinary people like you and me (146:7-9).  Come, let us join together tomorrow to joyfully celebrate our trustworthy God!

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