Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 9, 2012

Meditation for the Week December 9, 2012 

Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.  All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”   -Psalm 66:1-4


My 3-year-old son reached a milestone of which he was very proud.  He finally figured out by himself how to arrange his toy train tracks in a circle.  He was so excited that he came running to me to bring me by the hand into the toy room to show me his accomplishment.  Then, to emphasize the great accomplishment, he showed me how his Thomas the Tank-Engine toy can go ‘round and around the track.  For his achievement, I did what dads do:  I lavished praise upon my son for arranging his toy train tracks and spent time with him as he showed me again and again how Thomas can go all the way around.

Psalm 66 calls upon you to lavish praise upon God.  Not exaggerated praise like you would praise a toddler, but appropriate praise.  For God is the creator of all things—including your lips that pray to him and speak of his deeds.  For this, God is worthy of our glorious praise!

More than that, he is the sustainer of all things.  He continues to keep the earth revolving around the sun, all the planets keeping their orbits throughout the galaxies.  Through God, the water continues to evaporate, clouds form, and rains fall on the earth.  Through God, the species continue to repopulate themselves, the ecosystems are maintained, and atoms continue to form molecules.  For all this, God is worthy of our glorious praise!

More than that, God sustains you and all people.  He gives you your “daily bread.” He gives and sustains your eyes and all your members, your reason and all your senses.  He provides doctors and medicines to preserve your life.  God provides friends and family to lift up your spirits.  God provides peace, a good reputation, dignity, and all good things.  For all these gifts, God is worthy of our glorious praise.

But greatest of all, God sent his only-begotten Son, Jesus, into human flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior.  Born of the Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem, Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life—and he died an innocent, blessed death.  Through Jesus, your sins are forgiven; through Jesus, the Devil is defeated; through Jesus, death is conquered.  Jesus has conquered all these through is death and Resurrection.  You have a hope that endures unto life eternal through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Our Weekly Prayer 

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.