Advent is a time of expectation and waiting. David, in Psalm 27, is thinking about the future, and while it can’t come soon enough for him, David still ends the Psalm with this advice: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, take heart and wait for the LORD!” David also talks about celebrating, but he talks about it both in the here and now and in the future. There is an element of waiting even in his celebrations.
David’s eye was on the future Temple, the Temple which was promised by God. David was asked to wait and be patient, to sing, to pray and to steadfastly keep The Lord’s ways, to perform his kingly duties faithfully, and to trust God’s word. He needed to “Wait for the LORD.” He needed to “be strong, and to let his heart take courage.”
God blessed David as well as you and me with more than a temple. In the incarnation of the Son of God, in the coming of Jesus we all were given a face to seek: The face of Jesus. Jesus, the one in whom David’s heart takes courage, the one who is David’s strength.
During Advent, when we think of the future, in Christ, may we remember to “Wait for the LORD,” to be strong, and to let our hearts take courage.
Prayer: Lord God, we desire a blessed Advent in you, through Christ Jesus, as we wait. Amen.
Submitted by: Jerry Armour