Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent 1

At my home church, as was Thanksgiving. Today's readings were Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Psalm 25:1-10 (sermon text), and Luke 21:25-36.

Jesus Christ tells us to stay awake and pray. Thus we meditate on the
Psalms today, praying especially 25:1-10. How to do it? (1) Morning/evening:
read a Psalm. (2) Stop after a verse or a few. (3) Pray to God, based on these
verses. Psalm 25 in particular, expressing David's feeling of utter confusion,
is appropriate for us in these times. He had been anointed Israel's next king -
Saul became furious and chased David as an enemy.

Section 1 (vv. 1-3): plea for God to prevent shame from coming; reminder
that those who wait for Him are never put to shame. Waiting on the LORD is
difficult, but its reward is an eternal seat with Christ.

Section 2 (vv. 4-5): suggests the Torah (whole counsel of God) to meditate

Section 3 (vv. 6-7): humility, counting on God's mercy and forgiveness that
we need because we can't live up to God's standards. (Recall that "steadfast
love" is chesed in Hebrew: חסד). It means that "if we are
faithless, He will remain faithful." We abound in transgressions, haunting sins
from the past. But because of Jesus, God forgets them!

Section 4 (vv. 8-10): return to God's law - since He has removed the
pressure, we are now able to obey Him! He teaches sinners instead of casting
them from His presence. One can't teach a proud person - but can teach a humble person. His paths for those who keep His
covenant (unique - we believe in Him) "are steadfast love and faithfulness." He
completes our salvation, and we in return thank Him for His mercy.

Soli Deo gloria.

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