Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 7

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Zechariah 9:9

Text: Zechariah 9:9

Take time today to rest in the knowledge of God’s boundless grace. Pray the prayer below and reflect on the Scripture that follows.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

- from The Book of Common Prayer


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9 ESV

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  • I love grace day. A chance to reflect on all that the Lord has spoken to me through His Word during the week.

    When we view all things in light of eternity, the eternity we will spend with our creator, the problems, the struggles, the insecurities don’t disappear, but rather, are put into their place, and we are free to trust, to pursue, to love, and to receive the freedom and peace that only comes from knowing Christ intimately. We need not worry, we need not be in despair, because HE IS COMING AGAIN!!

  • “Your King is coming to you.” What magical words that provide a great comfort.
    Voices in my head:
    You’re not good enough (Your King is coming to you)
    Nobody likes you (Your King is coming to you)
    I feel so alone (Your King is coming to you)
    We are in constant reminder of the Grace God gives us.

    • Dianne Furrow

      Your thoughts really touched me and resonated in me during this time of my life, when I’m fighting doubts and insecurities. Thank you for sharing your words which just added to the blessing of this verse.

      • Ashli Rouw

        Amen! So true! The honesty! “Your King is coming to you” is exactly what we need to meditate on. My thoughts are similar to hers, but as a mother. I’m not a good mother -> Your King is coming.

        You’re not a good wife -> Your King is coming. Rejoice!!! He is righteous enough for all my short comings or bad thoughts.

        Thanks ladies!!! Have a blessed day!

  • Kasey Summers

    Your King is coming to you. Love that.

  • Ali Marchetti

    I definitely needed a day of grace!! Today’s verse helped me put aside the crazy stress of this time of year and focus just on Christ as His grace is the only gift I will even need!!

  • I am thankful for grace. It seems too often I fail and then sulk in that failure. But Gods grace is big enough. And his love endures forever.

    • Kasey Summers

      Amen! So thankful that we can never out sin God’s grace!

  • I love Grace Day.
    I Love how Christ is able to do wonderful and brave things and still be humble.
    I Love how He is El-Shammah (going before us).
    And through reading comments I learn that each of us face similar challenges, and God is always the same – working things out for our good.
    “you are going to live and not die says God- speak life into your fear, joy, worry, confusion”

  • Heatherotti

    I needed a grace day so much. Especially as all the season’s demands come from every which way, I need to refocus my heart and mind in the glorious king that came to save me. That is enough. He is everything.

  • Haileyblackmer

    Thank you Lord for giving me the time today to read your word and focus on your grace!

  • Just was sitting here, resistantly browsing every app on my phone before opening this one, reluctant to “work on my heart” this morning when my own house is a disaster and I can’t stop rattling demands aloud to my family. It seemed futile, like what could God do in my life this morning when I am SUCH A MESS. Silly right? But then it was Grace Day. Then it was this reading full of rejoicing, that prayer with its call to put LIGHT on in our every day lives, and finally, the messy photo at the end of the post (perfect) — I am a mess in a whole different way now!!
    God, if my house was never clean again I would still need you. Thank you for not dwelling in perfection, but instead you reside in a ready heart. May my heart be ready, no matter what state my head is in. You are beautiful in all Your ways! May my life reflect Your beauty, even/especially in the mess.

    • Coreen

      Thanks for sharing. I literally did the same thing this morning, avoiding, keeping busy. How perfect Gods timing is. The Prince of Peace constantly pursuing us while we run around in all our “important work”. Have a beautiful day! Grace and Peace to you :-)

    • Cyn4Jesus

      ❤️

    • Amelia

      That’s so similar to what I journaled this morning before I felt like I could come to this devotion. Hiding behind my busyness all week because I didn’t want to bring my mess before the Lord. But the words “boundless grace” and what you said about the Lord dwelling in a ready heart spoke so deeply to all that I journaled earlier. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me I’m not the only one who the Lord is humbly entering the mess to rescue.

    • Kasey Summers

      Amen! I feel the same way often. I have to constantly be refocusing my heart so that my mind will be focused on eternal things that matter, instead of worldly mess that doesn’t. Thank you for sharing sweet sister in Christ! That was so comforting for me to hear!

    • Michelle

      thank you for your honesty, same here!

    • Morgan

      So much truth and the character of Jesus in this insight. Thank you for the vulnerability and authenticity.

  • Lizzieb85

    Remember the king’s dream in Daniel 2? The statue made of different metals represented different kingdoms ruling on the earth. Then a stone comes & shatters all these kingdoms.

    The stone is Jesus. When He came to earth, He ushered in the kingdom of God. I am in awe thinking about how He did this. Not with armies & force, but as a little child born humbly in a manger. Not as a warrior on a chariot, but “humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”. He captured His people, not by force, but by humbly submitting to His Father & DYING FOR us! What a truly unique & special King we have!

    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! Praise & glory & wealth & wisdom & thanks & honor & power & strength be to our God for ever and ever! Amen & amen! (Revelation 5:12 & 7:12)

  • As I reflect on this today it astounds me of our continuing lack of modesty in this world. Here is our king riding into Zion celebrated and glorified while riding a donkey colt. Humbly fulfilling the prophecy of his coming. How easy would it be for us today in our world to overlook this. If not on twitter or Facebook would we even realize? If it wasn’t a door buster sale on Black Friday would we rush forward to give praise? We have lost our sense of modesty and I know I have. I pray that I can continually grow in gods light and make myself constantly more aware of the beauty of the world right in front of me even if it isn’t shiny like a diamond or glowing of gold or on sale. These are merely distractions-temptations- to step away from God. To take the easy way out and forget the true path.

  • For those of us who struggle with anxiety and depression, we are not even immune at Christmas. After a rough day yesterday, these words empowered me this morning and I turned to God in gratitude. Blessed am I for a loving family and the chance to wait for Jesus together. I pray for those who are not lucky enough to enjoy a tree in the comfort of their own home, are missing a loved one, and others who also deal with anxiety and depression. I’d love to wrap them up in Christmas hugs so they would not have to feel alone.

  • Churchmouse

    Help me Lord to behold You, yes BEHOLD you, in this world so dark, in such despair, where fear creeps always at the edges.
    Oh to continue to behold You, because You are here, righteous and bringing salvation.
    You are here.
    You never leave. You never give up on us.
    You indwell those who believe in Who You are.
    Let me behold You here – within fellow Christians.
    May the light of You shine through us, so darkness is gone, so despair is removed, so fear is banished. Because You are here!
    Emanuel – God with us.
    Salvation through Jesus the Christ – God in us.
    AMEN.

  • Tasha Carolina

    I’m reading Francine Rivers’ Lineage of Grace and am up to Mary’s portion – just in time for Advent. The coming of Christ in those times, the coming of Him into our lives now, and His return in the future… Such blessings ❤️

  • Last night our family watched the movie 90 minutes in Heaven. After everyone was asleep I sat in the almost dark except from the glow of the fire burning in the fireplace and the Christmas lights on the tree. A time of prayer and a time of thanks. The Holy Spirit leaving chills in my spine and hair raised on my arm. Knowing fully that one day our sweet baby Jesus, my great redeemer , the one who is I Am will take me to the home where I most belong.I was overwhelmed with Joy…. Feeling so loved…. I adore my life here on earth… My husband, my children. My days.. I’m grateful for each one . After last night I could think of nothing I could love more than a time when our Glorious Lord returns to us and takes us home… A moment with the Holy Spirits hand on me. Today joy . More so than ever as I reflect on last night and the passage today . Righteous is He. I feel like shouting it out! Today, the most chaotic day for my family of ten…. Instead of worldly anxiety at all there is to do…. I feel joy at serving my King:)

  • I woke early this morning to get ready for a busy, fun-filled day. Upon reading today’s scripture, my heart was ignited with joy over the prophet Zechariah’s command, “Rejoice greatly…shout aloud, daughter….your King is coming!” In this season of Advent life is still going on – there’s laundry & dishes, children to love, raise & care for, the joys & struggles of relationships, the hardships of the society we live in & the world. BUT, our King has come! He is with us and He is coming again! What a timely message. I will rejoice!

  • Samantha

    Whom but You, King Jesus, can be majestic and righteous and yet in humility and obedience, you lay it aside for my salvation? Teach me to wear not just my new righteous robes but Your humble heart as well. When my flesh cries out for my rights, remind me that because of your sacrifice, it’s my righteousness that matters.

  • Sarah_Joy

    I went to a Christmas production by our local Christian theater company. There’s a moment where a character who was born before Christmas learns about the celebration. She was amazed by the thought of God coming as a man and delighted in the aspects of Christmas that we take for granted.

    Again I stand amazed at God Almighty, all-powerful came to us as a baby. He has come to us. He will come again. “He is coming to you…” Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

  • This is my king….humble, comes with love, not a sword, sitting on a donkey….in the light of all the tragedy that is happening, people taking up arms in the name of their God…..this is the position of the true king, my king, the one I am waiting for. The one who’s power overwhelms me.

  • Missy CM

    In the midst of such fun days these past couple weeks (however busy… but hey we can and should rejoice in it all)… our king is COMING! “He´s righteous and has salvation”. While hard days keep our eyes trained on heaven, I feel like the great ones give even more perspective since they´re nothing in comparison to what He´s prepared for us there. Advance thy kingdom, Lord.

  • I’m at the conference in Daytona FL with you guys. Hearing you speak last night was such a blessing. Thank you for following God. He is working through this.

    • KellyG

      Me too! I love the story of SRT…what a great example of God’s sovereignty! I love how He has knit our hearts together, even though we do not see each other face to face. It was great to meet you two last evening. I didn’t get a chance to say THANK YOU…I appreciate all that you and the SRT staff do to make this possible. If you can, please post the link to last year’s Christmas video when you get a chance!

  • Thankful for this study and the reminder to rest in His grace.

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