I’m looking forward to spending Advent with you all as we work through several Psalms together on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings.
In case you missed it, I preached a prologue to the series on Sunday, November 22 with several insights that will help you make sense of all the Psalms; you will get the most out of this series if you hear that first. The Psalms are telling one story, and it’s a story that ends well! But a lot of difficult things happen in the middle, during which we must wait for the happy ending.
If you’d like to read ahead, we will look at Psalms 89, 37 and 40.
Psalm 89 rejoices in the promise of Messiah. . . and then crashes into despair when the wait for the fulfillment is just too long. “How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?” (Psalm 89:46)
Psalm 37 reflects the particular difficulty of waiting when wicked people around you aren’t waiting. They get everything they want as soon as they want it, and it’s just not fair. “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:7)
Psalm 40 celebrates the success that comes after a long wait. “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:1-2)
All of these Psalms point us to Christ, for ultimately, they are all about Him. I look forward to showing you how that is when we gather for worship throughout Advent. In fact, I can’t wait!