During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
King David used this psalm when he brought the ark into Jerusalem. The ark basically kept the holy things that helped the Jewish people remember their past story– their deep relationship with God. Verses 1-3 encouraged everyone to “Sing to the Lord” and tell everyone and every nation what great things God had done for the Jewish people– how great the “One True God” was. In fact, God’s reasoning behind His covenant with the Jewish people was so they could show the surrounding nations that their God was the only God; truly worthy to be praised and worshipped by everyone.
This same message is especially applicable to us today, and especially at this time of year. The same God that covenanted with the Jewish nation becomes incarnate as a newborn baby sent to earth, and singing again is used to celebrate not only the birth, but the message: that he is the One True God, and still sovereign, still worthy of praise and worship. Songs continue to be written to this day to extol this message
From verse 13: “Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for He comes…” to today’s song proclaiming “Go tell it on the mountain…that Jesus Christ is born!” let us continue to sing to the Lord!