This Psalm was written by Asaph, who saw what Israel was like under the rules of Solomon and David. He begged for those “glory days” to return to Israel. Are we not the same? We have read and read about what life was like for those who lived by the laws of God. Do we not wish for those days to return? Where the “law of the land” is that which God has set in place. We have laws to follow in this day but they are not always the laws that God has set before us. Too often we put the laws of man in front of the laws of God and act just like the Israelites did. We deserve the punishment that Asaph prays for in Psalm 79.
There is good news though, God sent His son Jesus and that gift gives us eternal life when we choose to follow the laws of God, with Christ as king. We get to look forward to a day that all the laws of man will be broken and we can live in a kingdom where the law of God is supreme. This second coming may not happen in our lifetime but when we follow Jesus, we get the assurance that God has set a place for us in Heaven. It all started with a baby in a brand-new world and that baby has given us the assurance of a new body in a place where there is no more pain or persecution. Won’t it be grand?
LET US PRAY
Dear Father God,
Help us to pray for those who do wrong against us and you. Lord, we pray that as we strive to be like you that our Christian brothers and sisters, who are being persecuted for following you, will be strong in their faith. Help them to look to you and not to others for their strength. Let us stand with them in solidarity and stand up for what is right. Thank you for this season to prepare our hearts for your coming to take away all this persecution and suffering.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Merci E. Kelly is a recent graduate of Carson-Newman with dual degrees, B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Religion. Merci is going to seminary in the fall of 2018 to pursue her calling into ministry. During this season of Advent, she is looking forward to preparing for a new year of growth.