Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Third Week of Advent: Saturday

Today's reading, Psalm 68, portrays the awesome might of God in battle, overcoming his enemies and then returning triumphant to his throne amidst the cheers of his people.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord,
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.
Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.

(Psalm 68.32-35)
This exhilarating song is filled with vibrant imagery that stirs the imagination to martial heights. However, in Psalm 68 we also read some of the tenderest descriptions of God and his saving grace in Scripture:
Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God gives the desolate a home to live in...

Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage when it languished;
your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy...

Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up...

(Psalm 68.5-6, 9-10, 19)
Blessed be the God of might and mercy!
Meekness and majesty
Manhood and Deity
In perfect harmony
The Man who is God
Lord of eternity
Dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility
And washes our feet

O what a mystery
Meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship
For this is your God
This is your God

Father's pure radiance
Perfect in innocence
Yet learns obedience
To death on a cross
Suffering to give us life
Conquering through sacrifice
And as they crucify
Prays: 'Father forgive.'

Wisdom unsearchable
God the invisible
Love indestructible
In frailty appears
Lord of infinity
Stooping so tenderly
Lifts our humanity
To the heights of His throne

by Graham Kendrick
© 1986 Kingsway's Thankyou Music

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