Hope of All the Earth

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:24
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free; 
from our fears and sins release us, 
let us find our rest in thee. 
Israel’s strength and consolation, 
hope of all the earth thou art; 
dear desire of every nation, 
joy of every longing heart. 

Born thy people to deliver, 
born a child and yet a king, 
born to reign in us forever, 
now thy gracious kingdom bring. 
By thine own eternal Spirit 
rule in all our hearts alone; 
by thine all sufficient merit, 
raise us to thy glorious throne.
 Charles Wesley (1745)

Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
 1 Peter 1:8-9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord Jesus Christ, your world awaits you. 
In the longing of the persecuted for justice; 
in the longing of the poor for prosperity; 
in the longing of the privileged for riches greater than wealth; 
in the longing of our hearts for a better life; 
and in the song of your church: Expectation is ever present.
O come, Lord, desire behind our greatest needs. 
O come, Lord, liberator of humanity. 
O come, Lord, Immanuel.
 Common Order, Church of Scotland
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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