Tuesday, December 24, 2019
by Pastor John Snidle
“Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great King over all the earth.” ~ Psalm 47:1-2
Our theme for this year’s Advent booklet is “Stepping Out, Stepping Up, Stepping Forward”. It sounds more like the movements to a catchy line-dance than a message. What does this have to do with Church? Did Jesus ever say this? This doesn’t seem very Christmassy to me.
I’m sure this phrase will mean different things to different people. To some it may be about growing more outspoken in your faith with strangers; to some it may be a call to serve more than you are in the church; and to others it may be an encouragement to move past certain things that are holding you back from living a life that is totally focused on Jesus.
When I read this, it reminds me how badly I need to do less ministry and do more of living every part of my life for Jesus; that I need to spend more time loving the Lord and rejoicing over all He’s done for me, instead of selfishly trying to simply survive one day until the next one rolls around.
The psalm written above is to emphasize how severely lacking some of us are (myself included) in our worship of the King. The Creator of the heavens and earth chases after us, Jesus Christ our King suffered and died so that we may know Him personally, and all they ask of us in return is to confess with our lips and believe in our hearts (Romans 10:9). This is what Christmas is all about! Clap your hands, everybody, everywhere; sing loudly the songs of praise to our Father in Heaven! Because Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords is so amazing; He is truly the greatest King to ever rule.
Let this be our carol, let every breath be filled with jubilee, and let us never cease rejoicing in our savior, Jesus Christ. There is no good in us apart from Him; He is the only reason we have any cause for celebration. So step out of your comfort zone, step up to the challenges, and step forward as a witness who is ready and eager to profess the name of Jesus.