The First Thursday of Advent

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The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lordmighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.           

Psalm 24

 

Before I ever began reading the Bible I learned scripture from the hymnal. I just didn’t realize it at the time. God’s grace! He used my desire to play the piano to get His Word into me. There was an old upright piano on our back porch and an old Methodist hymnal was the only music available to me. So as I was picking out the notes I absorbed the words written by Charles Wesley,  Isaac Watts, John Newton, Fanny Crosby, and many others.

When I began to study the scriptures I found familiar words that spoke to me anew. God had been preparing my heart long before I consciously began to seek Him.

The words from Psalm 24 are found in the hymn Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates written by George Weissel.

 

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates; Behold, the King of glory waits; 

The King of kings is drawing near; The Savior of the world is here!

Fling wide the portals of your heart; Make it a temple, set apart

From earthly use for heaven’s employ,

Adorned with prayer and love and joy.

Redeemer, come, with us abide;

Our hearts to Thee we open wide;

Let us thy inner presence feel; 

Thy grace and love in us reveal.

 

 

 

Ought I not to do what I can for the Lord Jesus while he tarries, and to rouse a slumbering church?

George Mueller

 

The Psalm and the song remind us to always be ready – not just for the return of Christ – but for God to show up in our daily lives. We should be ready to share our faith with everyone we meet.

Is your light shining brightly this day?

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