December 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Psalm 63:3

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

 In Psalm 63, the psalmist confesses his longing for God’s presence in his life. He knows that a close personal relationship with God will offer a joy not found anywhere else. Why? God is love. There is no other love greater than the love of God. He loves us unconditionally. He loves us not because of what we do but because of who we are—his creation. He loves us with abandon and freely offers us his gift of grace.

When God came into the world, he came to show his love for us so that we could offer that love to others. The love of God empowers the powerless, uplifts the downtrodden, and sustains the tired and weary. God’s love offers hope—a belief that love conquers all fears, overcomes the impossible, and resurrects us from the darkness of unbelief.

During this last week of Advent, let us focus on God’s love for each of us. Let us focus on the transforming power of that love and then offer it to those around us. Let us be the catalyst that brings the love of Christmas into the world.

 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands (v. 4).