As I prepare for a lesson, I often read the related scripture from several versions of the Bible to gain insight to the text. Different translations speak to me in different ways, depending on the words used and on where my head, my heart and my life happen to be at a given point in time. So it was with Psalm 50. I encourage you to take a few minutes and read and re-read this text from your favorite translation, then follow along with me in this meditation.
“The Mighty God, the Lord has summoned all mankind from east to west
God’s glory-light shines from the beautiful Temple on Mount Zion.” vs. 1-2, The
I love the imagery of these verses. God’s glory-light shining, calling all of us together. God must have some important to tell each one of us.
What is it?
This advent season, as we see the lights (on our trees, in a candle, in the eyes of a
loved one or even a stranger), maybe that is the question we should be asking
ourselves. Better pay attention to that which shines in the days ahead. When? Where? Who? What? Why?
“He says “Gather my faithful people to me, those who made a covenant with
me by offering a sacrifice.” The heavens proclaim that God is righteous, that
he himself is judge.” vs. 5, Good News Bible
God wants us — to come to him. We are wanted, we are HIS people. No matter how alone, isolated, busy, unappreciated or unworthy we may feel, Gods wants us, claims us as His! Now that is good news!
What does it mean to be faithful? Isn’t that always the question we face? What does that mean for you, for me this Advent? Just keep asking and just keep seeking the answers.
We made a covenant with God. What was our covenant? The covenant people of
God promised to live in right relationship with God. We are to behave as the people of the Holy Lord in divine love with mercy, lovingkindness, and justice toward ourselves and others. How can we show God’s glory-light and reflect this covenant as we prepare our hearts, homes, and relationships for the coming of the Christ child?
What sacrifice does God want of us?
“Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God, and give the Almighty all
that you promised. Call to me when trouble comes; I will save you, and you
will praise me.” vs. 14-15, Good News Bible
These verses spelled it out so clearly for me. Thanksgiving. Close, personal
relationship with God. Trust and reliance on God alone. God’s faithfulness to us.
God’s promise of salvation (yes, in the Old Testament Psalms!) Our response~Praise and glory to God! What do these words say to you?
“Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go
the right way [way of righteousness] I will show the salvation of God.” vs. 23,
The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version
We honor God when we come to God with hearts full of thanks and profound
gratitude. We bring to God this sacrifice when we give God our whole hearts and our whole lives in our preparation this Advent. God’s promise of salvation rings true in the Glory-Light that shines within each of us. How will it be with you this holy season?