December 23, 2009

Dec. 23: Light on the earth

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By Emily Yoder, a sophomore nursing major from Bird in Hand, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 148 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
During Advent, we typically focus closely on the coming of God’s gift, his son Jesus. We praise him for that and show our gratitude in different ways. God has given us more than his Son, but he has blessed us with such a beautiful earth to live on. God burst in and created the heavens and the earth, and we give him our ultimate praise.

The language of this passage is beautiful because it begins with the exclaiming praises of the heavens, and continues on, describing the different parts of God’s creation that are showing praise. The skies and waters, the mountains and trees, the animals that cover the earth, princes and kings, people of all kinds, even the stormy weather and sea monsters of the great deep. God is above all creation, and deserves to be honored and praised. Whenever I step outside, I cannot help but be amazed at God’s incredibly beautiful world. Even in the pouring rain, God’s creation is exclaiming his name. I feel God’s presence and hear creation’s praise through the roaring of the wind, the beauty of the white snow and the chirping of the birds. God shows his light on the earth both physically and spiritually. He sent his son to be a light to us, and as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we can praise God for all of his wonderful gifts to us.

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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 148 (NRSV)

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
He established them for ever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

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Comments (7)

  1. This was beautiful, Emily. Thanks for the great reminder that all things of God praise his name — in different and beautiful ways.

    meghan December 23, 2009 |
  2. Thanks for reminding me to start my day with praise, no matter what troubles are facing me!

    Susan December 23, 2009 |
  3. One of my (many) favorite psalms!

    Tim December 23, 2009 |
  4. Yes Emily we dont think of all God has blessed us with
    thank you for reminding ME!!!!!!!!

    robert December 23, 2009 |
  5. Even in the midst of storms, like we are having today, we can still praise Him! He is here even in the storms!

    Florence Zehr December 23, 2009 |
  6. It is raining this morning and I read, “Even in the pouring rain, God’s creation is exclaiming his name.” So true when I think about it.
    I’ve enjoyed all the devotions during this Advent season. Each day something in the devotion has caught my attention and I’ve been blessed! Thank you.

    Esther December 24, 2009 |
  7. I look forward each day to read the meditations. Each offers something appropriate to think about amidst the daily activities of the day. Thank you all for providing these!

    Ethel Umble December 28, 2009 |