Advent | Day 8

Sunday, December 4

  • Psalms 114, 115, 148, 149, 150
  • Amos 6.1-14
  • 2 Thessalonians 1.5-12
  • Luke 1.57-68

Praise the Lord!
Praise Him from the heavens!
Praise Him for His acts of power!
Sing to the Lord a new Song!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

As we begin to turn our hearts and minds toward the season of Christmas, let us begin with praise. Our praise reflects our anticipation of the coming King. From the very beginning, God’s desire for humanity was relational. The scriptures reveal the ongoing story of God’s relentless pursuit of His people and His desire to be in relationship with them. We respond to God’s compassion, to His faithfulness, to His love in the only way we know how: with unabashed praise. Yet even in our praise, God once again chooses to connect His presence with His people. Psalms 22 tells us that God inhabits or is enthroned on the praise of His people. God lives within our praises! He dwells in our response to Him. He again reveals His desire to be with us, to be among us, even as we are responding to Him. He is the praise of Israel!

This Advent as we reflect on the coming of the Christ, let us articulate our expectancy through praise. Let us extol the long awaited King for the hope His presence affords. Through Him we are reconciled and we can only respond to this miraculous offering with our praise! In a season that too often lends itself to receiving, let us not neglect to give. Give our praise to our Creator. Let us respond as the Psalmist says: with harp and lyre, with the sounding of the trumpet, with the clash of symbols, with all that we are and all that we have. Let the fullness of our praise reflect our true recognition of Immanuel, God with us!

In this season may our hearts and minds be filled with a praise in which God Himself inhabits. May we respond to Jesus with all that we are and all that we have.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Christy Ridings
Associate University Minister

You can access an online version of the 2011 Advent Guide (presented annually be Belmont’s School of Religion) at:




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