As this the first week of Advent draws to a close there is much rejoicing in the appointed psalm. Plenty to give thanks for, plenty to look forward to. The future isn’t always as bleak as we might perceive it, no matter how bad it might be at the current moment in time.
We await the coming of the Messiah, do we wait in hope?
Today, to further your further reflection, and mine. I am treating us to one of my favourite artists and one of my favourite pictures of his. Hope by Geroge Fredrick Watts
Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken-hearted,
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!