“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.” (Psalm 72:1-7)
We have come to the end of the second week of Advent, although it feels like we have barely tiptoed into the month of December. The weeks may flash by more quickly now, and the countdown to the actual day of Christmas may move too slowly for the young, and the young at heart. I wanted to pause now, here at the middle, to extend to you warm Advent wishes as you continue your preparations for the season.
I have started listening to Christmas music at the time of this writing, and that coupled with this passage from Psalm 72 just puts me firmly thinking of the coming of Christ. The psalm however speaks of the adult Christ the Messiah, while Christmas music is often focused more to the infant Christ. And I am keenly aware of the duality and conflict.
I am not sure, however, that is a conflict that I want to resolve. Last year I came across a version of “O Come, O come Emmanuel” and it has seeped into my soul. If you remember the words of that Christmas carol, it is addressed more to the adult Jesus, although the video that goes with it images a baby Jesus. In years past it was the image of the baby Jesus that captured my attention and focus. But this year, with all that the year has held, while we adore the innocence of a child, it is the saving grace of the Messiah that we need. Christ is with us, born as a baby but who grew to adulthood understanding the plight of humanity. May our deliverance come, in whatever form you need it, beloved reader. Selah!