Advent 2013: Day

The Lord has made known his salvation

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Today's Text: Psalm 98

Text: Psalm 98

The Lord has made known his salvation

Reflection

Though it was written long before the birth of Christ, we have such a beautiful, worshipful and prophetic message in Psalm 98.

In the Old Testament, God’s children understood and rejoiced in what they saw in their lifetime that would lead to the promise of salvation with Jesus. Even in their brokenness, sin, and doubt there was a hope of reuniting with God again in a new way.

The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

And though Psalm 98 is a prophetic psalm, it also applies to today, to us. We live in a fallen world that has been saved by the grace of God through His son. Our hope is in the promises fulfilled and the ones yet to be.

God does not hide His intentions or plans for the future. We rejoice in knowing that, just as God guided the path for the coming of His Son for our sins, so He guides it now to the second coming. The battle has been won. Death is overcome. Praise the Lord!

promises fulfilled

Prayer

Almighty God, we clap our hands and sing praises and worship you today, for you alone have seen the end from the beginning. Thank you for making the way of salvation known through the coming of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Advent Action

Sing a worship song to the Lord today. In your car, in your home or right where you are, make a joyful noise to him.

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved Christmas song for each day of our Advent plan. We invite you to listen to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

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  • This is beautiful. What an amazing thought, here: that the rivers clap their hands! The oceans resound, and the mountains sing! Father, great is your faithfulness, and great is your plan for us! What a beautiful adventure you have for all of us. I pray that today, we'd all have the courage to do what you press upon us. Let us live abundantly in your grace, remembering the amazing things you've done and the amazing things you're in the process of doing. There's so much beauty around!

  • I give God praise not only for the promise but also for the victory that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank God for the Psalm that speak volume to our hearts, for the writer, though with meny weaknesses, shows great strength. God bless us in our learning.

  • Janee White

    "Our hope is in the promises fulfilled and the ones yet to be."

    More than ever I need to be reminded the promises found in His Word. For no Word from God will ever fail, and blessed we will be for believing that He will fulfill His promises to us.

  • And because of this, "God does not hide His intentions or plans for the future" as I rejoice in this salvation that you have given me, may I also mourn for those who are still dead in Christ…Lord help me to continue to share this hope with the lost, as you clearly share your plans for those whom reject your son.

  • I'm reminded this morning of the song (can't remember the name or the performer-Chris Tomlin?) that has these lyrics: How can I keep from singing your praise? How can I ever say enough? How amazing is your love!" May my heart be singing this entire day! So glad to be a part of this community!

  • How amazing that all our battles are already won through Christ! This was such an uplifting, encouraging devotion! So blessed to have the opportunity to be apart of such an awesome community here. :) God is good!

  • Joanne Sher

    Our hope is in the promises fulfilled and the ones yet to be. I love the reminders of His faithfulness throughout His Word – the amazing prophecies that have come true. And the encouragement they are as we wait with expectation for His promises yet to be fulfilled.

  • Thanks Candacejo, I didn’t realize all of that about Joy to the World.

  • Candacejo

    Oh praise the Lord! He knows the end from the beginning!

    I did a study on several Christmas carols on my blog the last couple of weeks and one that intrigued me the most was never meant to be a carol at all! "Joy to the World" was based on Psalm 98…

    Psalm 98 was written to be a song of deliverance for the Israelites, and of course as Diana said it is prophetic for us today. Then Watts turns it into a Christian song of rejoicing! He declares how the salvation of God started with the “Baby Jesus” who then came to “…rule the world with truth and grace.”

    The Redemption Story is evident all throughout Psalm 98 and in “Joy to the World”!

    Starting from the Garden of Eden and all the way to the coming of the Lord, Isaac Watts "weaves" the present, and the future into his timeline. “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”

    He never meant for Psalm 98 to be a "Christmas carol" but He turned Joy to the World into one of the most beautiful anthems ever written!

    Jesus has seen the end from the beginning! Repeat the Sounding Joy!

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