9/14/19 - 3:00pm - As of right now NSF has running water, but there is a boil advisory in effect. Therefore, we will have all planned services and classes, but we will not be serving coffee or any meals this Sunday.

Psalm 72

Key Verses:

1 Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!

Reflection:

This passage encourages me during Advent because it demonstrates that Jesus’ rule in the new earth is dependent upon His righteousness at His incarnation. Jesus came to live the perfect life in order to be the spotless lamb of God. That lamb was sacrificed for me! My sins called out for the incarnation. My sins made it necessary for the Son of God to suffer and die. Because of my sins He had to come to destroy the work of Satan and conquer death.

Only with that realization during Advent can I possibly look forward to, and gladly anticipate, the content of the rest of this Psalm. He will rule with righteousness and justice (v 1-2). He will bring prosperity to all (v. 3, 7, 16). He will rule forever (v. 5, 15, 17). He will crush evil (v. 4, 12, 14). He will refresh the earth (v. 6). He will rule all the peoples of the new earth (v. 8-11, 17). And all of this was because of the perfection, power, and completion of the Advent.

The royal Son came to crush and destroy my sin. The incarnation was for me and my household. It was for our congregation. My responsibility is to live in His righteousness. And I want you to know that I cannot do that. Every day has to include the ‘gospel three-step’: Repent, Believe (God help my unbelief), and Obey.

Because of the incarnation I can rejoice during the Advent season. Thank you God.

Bob Andrews

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Son for me. Thank you for calling me into your kingdom. Thank you for giving me the righteousness of Jesus. Please help me to live worthy of this high calling and blessed privilege. Amen.

1 Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance to the children of the needy,
    and crush the oppressor!

May they fear you 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 the righteous flourish,
    and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth!
May desert tribes bow down before him,
    and his enemies lick the dust!
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
    render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
    bring gifts!
11 May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations serve him!

12 For he delivers the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
    and precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live;
    may gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made for him continually,
    and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
    on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
    may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
    like the grass of the field!
17 May his name endure forever,
    his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
    all nations call him blessed!

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!

20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

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