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 34:2-7, 17-19, 23
One of my favorite songs is by the group SELAH, the words of which are “You are my hiding place. You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance whenever I am afraid. I will trust in you.”
The scriptures are filled with stories of the people and the nation of Israel looking for deliverance…for a deliverer…from invading neighbors, from oppressive rulers, from circumstances beyond their abilities to handle by themselves. So they called upon God to save them. In response to God’s action to save and redeem his chosen people, songs burst forth in love and praise for a God who heard and answered in the midst of trouble.
Consider the songs of Moses and Miriam after their crossing the Red Sea in safety (Ex. 15:1-8), or the song of Deborah (Judges 5) following the death of Sisera. Zechariah first words after being mute were songs of praise for the God whose plan for his people involved Zecharia’s son, John (Luke 1:75-79). In Revelation 15:3, 4, we encounter the song of the Redeemed in praise for the Lamb who redeemed them. David’s psalms are a response to having experienced a life lived in relationship with a caring, merciful, strong and loving God. A God who could, in the midst of danger, fear, suffering and desperation, fill his heart with songs of deliverance, songs of joy, because he chose to trust in the one who promised that in our weakness, we can become strong in the strength of the Lord. How fitting that we, like Simeon in the temple, can raise our voices in songs of praise and adoration this Holy Season, for we too, have seen our Salvation.