December 19, 2021

Seekers of the Divine

Glory in his holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Psalm 105:3
Psalm 105 is a beautiful song of praise, but 1 Chronicles gives it a specific context. There, in chapter 16, we read that this psalm was sung as the ark of the covenant was being carried to its resting place in the tabernacle. At that time, the Divine was sought in the symbolic, and their hearts rejoiced at a sign of the history of God's saving acts.

On the first Christmas, true seekers found the Divine not in a cold symbol, and not in something that spoke to them of actions long ago, but in the warmth of a little Child. Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men all wondered at the Creator's self-revelation. The God of love and peace was with them, but not in a way any of them could ever have imagined.

Thus may it be with us. It's good to seek God in history and in the symbolic. But in Christ, we find Immanuel: God with us, God part of our own story. Whether it be our conscience, the Bible, a preacher in a pulpit, an angel from heaven, or a star in the sky, may we find ourselves on the way to the manger this Christmas.

Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 2 Corinthians 13:11
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you, God, that you are not confined to artifacts or even the pages of a book, but have come to us in One who lived, died, and rose again that we might live with you forever.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.


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