Advent Devotion for Tuesday, December 17

By Jim Fink

Read Psalm 146

I laughed when I learned that I was assigned to comment on this Psalm for Advent.  My family and friends know that I struggle with God’s continual blessing of Jacob, despite Jacob’s strong-willed selfishness.  My struggle was made worse when I came to the realization that I am Jacob–continually blessed by God despite my strong-willed selfishness.

But I know the Psalmist is right. “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.”  Despite our expectation that we must be “good enough” to receive God’s favor or help, our Lord has a better idea.   He “keepeth truth forever,” gives justice to the oppressed, food to the hungry and frees the captive–especially the captive soul.

So, despite our sin, our doubts, our shortcomings or ailments; despite being modern-day Jacobs who are selfish, self-centered, and who dare to wrestle with God, we can praise the Lord, the One who loves us beyond expectation.  We can praise, trust, and hope in the God of Jacob.  As we move closer to Christmas and the celebration of the coming of the Christ, Praise ye the Lord!

We pray: Lord Jesus, help us to praise You in all things.  Help us to trust You to be our help and our hope, and help us remember that You shall reign forever.  In Your name, Amen.