Tuesday: Psalm 80; Isaiah 14.24-32; Luke 1.39-45

From: Adam Elnagger

As I read this psalm of lamentation, I cannot help but to think of the period of silence after Malachi, the last of the prophets of Israel before the incarnation of Jesus. How many Israelites would have empathized with the words of the psalmist?

Under the Roman occupation, many looked for the coming of the Messiah. The people of Israel looked for God’s chosen ruler to save them, to restore them, to build up the walls of Jerusalem against her enemies again. Like myself, the people of Israel are preoccupied with the physical concerns of this life, and miss the greater battle being waged. In the season of Advent we sing “O come, o come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel”, because we anticipate the remembrance of Jesus, of God With Us, who comes to ransom us not from an earthly oppressor, but from sin and from death.

The psalmist writes “Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” In a few short days, we will celebrate the day that indeed, God made his face shine upon us in the form of a tiny infant. In that day four centuries of silence were ended in the cries of a newborn. Let us listen with careful ears, for God speaks to us in many unexpected ways!

I am a husband, programmer, and all around maker. In the image of God who made us, so must I too make things.