Advent Devotion for Tuesday, December 3
By David Hasey
Read Psalm 122
This psalm is one of the Psalms of Ascent, sung by pilgrims as they made their way up into Jerusalem to worship in the temple.
Not having been there for some time, they looked forward with eager anticipation to worshiping God. They came joyfully, glad to once more be in His presence. They came thankfully, praising Him out of gratitude for His mercy to them. They came prayerfully, entreating God to show His favor on those, who like themselves, love God.
What are our expectations as we come to church this Advent season? Do we come expecting to hear a wonderful sermon? Are we looking forward to the inspiring music? If that is what we come for we are apt to be disappointed. The sermons are not always great and the music may at times be only so-so.
If we come with the purpose of being in the presence of our Lord and meeting with Him we will never be disappointed, for He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament, refreshing our souls. If we come to meet God, we will discover that not only will we find Him, but that He will bless us more than we could ever imagine.
Each time you attend church this Advent season, come expecting to meet Jesus and bask in His presence. You might be surprised at the effect this will have on your life!
We pray: God, many times I come to church with other thoughts than You on my mind. Help me this Advent season to come with an expectant heart to meet with You and be refreshed by Your presence. Amen.