Day 19

A Prayer Celebrating the Gift of Jesus

from the Psalms for Prayer reading plan


Psalm 2:1-12

BY Rebecca Faires

Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-12

I like to be the first one awake at my house. However, I don’t like to set an alarm clock because of my dedication to the mysterious idea of sleep cycles. So instead, I play a pillow-cushioned game of Russian roulette every morning. When my body needs more sleep, I let the old girl sleep. But sometimes it all works out so that I have this gorgeous window of time—typing, planning, organizing—setting the stage for the day ahead before anyone else is awake.

One morning I was up at 5 a.m., feeling strong. I filled my arms full of things I wanted to carry into the kitchen: cups from last night, my phone, a clipboard, my little portable speaker, and a few rolls of washi tape ringed around my thumb. Juggling all of this in the dark, I preemptively nudged my phone to start playing some quiet piano music, because it usually takes a while to load.

But here are a couple things I didn’t know: First, my phone was already linked to the portable speaker. And second, everything was set at full volume. (Oh, and one thing you didn’t know: there were nine other people, too, sleeping nearby.) So in the pre-dawn light, on my way to some quiet, productive time in the kitchen, I found myself in the middle of the house, my arms uncomfortably full, clutching a speaker that was inexplicably bellowing the climax from Handel’s Messiah: “WOR-THY IS THE LAMB, THAT WAS SLAIN!”

I circled around like a toy car, fumbling to turn the music off in the dark, and somehow succeeded in making the volume louder still—probably because my eyes were mostly squinted shut from laughing. And since you can’t shush a speaker, it took me a while to get quiet again.

I think we sometimes want to keep Jesus in a little quiet box too. The title of today’s reading is “A Prayer Celebrating the Gift of Jesus,” and honestly, I’d expected to be writing about a sweet Christmas baby Jesus as our joy to the world. But this psalm is about the almighty dominion of Christ. He did come as a baby, yes, but He is also the omnipotent King of kings.

The psalmist calls us to “serve the Lord with reverential awe, and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2:11). He is a God we cannot control and cannot fully comprehend. Our proper response is to worship Him. It’s easier to think of Jesus as our pocket-sized best friend, but we need to remember that He rules and reigns the cosmos. He is a paradox, making His love for us all the more potent. We must pay Him homage, for He is our King, and all who take refuge in Him are happy.

This paradox is a beautiful and central tenet of our faith: “kiss the Son, lest He be angry” (v.12). Our God comes low to love mankind, but He remains just and unchanging, righteous and holy. We are sloppy and funny and sneaky. His love for His wishy-washy creation is so wonderful, but it doesn’t change who He is; who He has always been—the King of all creation. So we worship at the feet of this mystery we cannot control. And we celebrate the gift of Jesus, both as a baby and as King.

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66 thoughts on "A Prayer Celebrating the Gift of Jesus"

  1. Leah Moore says:

    She says, “all who take refuge in Him are happy”. I’m struggling with that today, because I’m not sure happiness is a part of the deal…? It would have made sense to me if she had said, “all who take refuge in Him find peace”, but happiness? In this world? Am I missing something?

    1. Brie Claassen says:

      I agree! Or maybe even joy would have been a better word… But I don’t know that we are guaranteed happiness at all. We are guaranteed to suffer though! Peace that passes understanding makes more sense to me…

      1. Amy (Claassen) Geer says:

        The Hebrew word here is esher, meaning “blessed”. Some translations use the word happy instead of blessed, but in this context it makes a little more sense to me.
        On another note, my maiden name is Claassen and it is so rare to find others spelled that way, so hi!

    2. Brittany Lawrence says:

      My version says the word Joy. Happiness and joy are two different things. We can find joy in our circumstances when we cling to the Lord.

    3. Susie Given says:

      I think our joy, blessing, “happiness” in Jesus is found in the first part of that verse…”kiss the Son”, one version says “submit to the Son”. The blessing hinges on that.

    4. Emily Bennett says:

      I think she misused the word happiness and really meant joy. Happiness is changed by circumstance, but you can have joy through Jesus Christ despite your circumstances. Someone also pointed out the Hebrew word that’s used here also meant blessed, which I think makes more sense because you can be blessed despite your circumstances as well :)

  2. Jessica McCreary says:

    ❤️

  3. Jill says:

    This was so beautiful. Thank you.

  4. Gina Glennon says:

    Love this Psalm and the commentary! Oh, the joy to bow before our King of kings and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Jesus reigns!

  5. Beth Starkey says:

    My heart swells with gratefulness.
    Thank you all for your prayers. I am not alone! God has shone through you with encouragement and the reminder that He is there and He is working. SO grateful. Thank you! Praise God! He is Alpha and Omega.

  6. Monica Davis says:

    Amen

  7. Sarina says:

    God is convicting me these days regarding my love for Him. Do I even comprehend at times who He is. How awesome He is. Today’s devotion was a reminder for the same. How privileged am I to be called His child, His friend!

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