Dec 5 - Glory Days

TODAY'S PASSAGE

1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple;
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the bodies of your servants
to the birds of the air for food,
the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
4 We have become a taunt to our neighbours,
mocked and derided by those around us.

5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever?
Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations
that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his habitation.

8 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
‘Where is their God?’
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
be known among the nations before our eyes.

11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
according to your great power preserve those doomed to die.
12 Return sevenfold into the bosom of our neighbours
the taunts with which they taunted you, O Lord!
13 Then we your people, the flock of your pasture,
will give thanks to you for ever;
from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
— Psalm 79


TODAY'S DEVOTION

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.


TODAY'S AUTHOR

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.