Advent Reflection | Monday: Psalms 25-27; Jeremiah 6.1-15; Ephesians 1.1-23

From: Jonathan Baker

I have never been much of poet, and thus the Psalms tend to remain something of a mystery to me. That said, a couple years ago I started to memorize Psalm 25, and it has become a favorite (perhaps if I took to memorizing all of them, they would all become favorites). I offer one aspect of this Psalm that struck me as I re-read it: David twice asks the Lord for pardon (vs. 6-7 and 11), but David grounds his appeal, not on any of his (David’s) works, but on God's character ("Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old" in vs. 6 and later in vs. 11 "For your name's sake, O Lord…"). It is an important reminder for me, and also encouraging; I receive mercy on account of God's character, not mine. And because His character is unchanging, is “from of old”, I can trust that my reliance on Him will not fail me. As David says, “[i]ndeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame”. Happy Advent.

This past spring I graduated from a PhD program in Public Policy, and now am in the midst of adjusting to a new job as an economic consultant. I grew up in North Carolina and later Ohio. I also called Indiana home before moving to Boston, where I have lived since 2011.