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PRAISE TO THE KING

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Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

 Sing to him, sing praise to him;    

tell of all his wonderful acts.10 Glory in his holy name;    

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,   

 his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Israel,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

(1 Chronicles 16:7-13)

I love these verses in the Bible. I especially love verse 11, “Look at the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Sometimes I marvel at the simplicity of our instruction and at times laugh at how complicated we can make things be. The birth of Christ in and of itself was a miracle. Born of a virgin. His coming had been prophesied for centuries and indeed a savior was born.

Advent is a time of waiting with joyful anticipation on Christ, our one true hope. Hope. His coming wasn’t just another significant event in history, it was the beginning of light shattering darkness for eternity.

I was thinking today about all of the things I worry about. I’ve certainly gotten better, but sometimes I worry like it’s my job. As I was reading these verses, I was stopped in my tracks. “Look at the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” So seemingly simple.

I don’t know about you, but I’m eternally grateful for the life that Jesus lived. It often hard to grasp. But it literally changed everything. His coming has allowed us to walk in a kind of freedom. Seek his face always. Sometime we need the repetition as a reminder.

There is a beauty in coming before Christ just as you are. So often we strive for perfection, filling our time with a do better mentality, a pursuit that leaves us exhausted and empty.

“Look to the Lord and his strength.”

Don’t just hear these words today, live by them. His power is made perfect in our weakness. Jesus didn’t die because for perfect people. He suffered death on the cross knowing we would be sinners in need of his grace and strength daily.

Jesus, today we seek your face. We sing praises to the King! We allow your strength to sustain us. We thank you that you were born, lived a sinless life and died for us. We know you are the author and perfecter of our faith, so we come before you as we are. We are grateful your mercies are new each morning. Today Lord, we look to your strength. Let your will be done. Amen.

Day 1: One True Hope

Day 2: Waiting With Joy

Day 3: Hope Through The Storm

Day 4: The King Is Among Us