Advent Devotion for December 19
In lighting the candle, the candle lighter says: “You have been my God from the moment I was born.”
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22:6-10
6 But I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned and despised by all!
7 Everyone who sees me mocks me.
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
let the Lord rescue him!”
9 Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:6-7
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
SOME THOUGHTS: “You have been my God from the moment I was born.” What a powerful statement. David is writing concerning the stress in his own life. Prophetically he writes the words Jesus quotes as he is dying on the cross. Even included in David’s writing are the words hurled at Jesus during his crucifixion. What is so moving is that as Jesus spoke these words from the cross, his mother was present to hear them. Jesus had great concern for the welfare of his mother, knowing his death was imminent. His trust in his heavenly Father was unflinching and at the same time so tuned to his family on earth. There is an erroneous school of thought that Jesus didn’t discover his mission and who he was until he was in the final years of his life. Scripture would testify differently. Clearly, Mary and Joseph played key roles during Jesus’ childhood and adolescent years and Jesus was close to his mother. From the moment of his birth, the Father’s hand was upon him and his parents. At age twelve his words were “I must be about my Father’s business.” And he was not speaking of the carpentry work with his earthly father, Joseph. Jesus was very tuned to his Father’s timing and will in his ministry. Think of the oft-heard phrase, “My time has not yet come.” From the cradle in Bethlehem to his Ascension from the Mount of Olives, Jesus grasp his mission as the Savior of the world. In a few short days, we’ll joyfully celebrate the birth, which changed the course of the history of the world and transformed the lives of millions of people for all eternity, hopefully including yours!
MUSIC: “What Child Is This?”
PRAYER: Gracious Father in heaven, as your Son listened with his heart, felt with his eyes, spoke with his hands, saw with his ears, and heard your voice speaking to him as he listened to the world around him, may we likewise hear your words speaking into our world; as your Son saw those in need in the places he walked, may we likewise see those in want in the places we go today; as your Son spoke bold words of challenge and comfort, grant us the discernment to be your vessel of blessing to those in need of encouragement; as your Son consoled those weighed down with grief, may we likewise be agents of solace and peace. May our hands and feet be useful this day in the building of your Kingdom. In the name of the Son of God, even Jesus our Lord. Amen. — Daniel Sharp