In 1977, the Kodak camera and film company advertised their new Instamatic Camera as “the gift that keeps on giving picture after picture.” Of course, even photos fade with time. This Advent and Christmas season we turn our attention to selected Psalms that reveal God’s ultimate gift that truly keeps on giving, not just for this life but for eternal life. Martin Luther called the Psalms a “little Bible” for in them “is comprehended most beautifully and briefly everything that is in the entire Bible.” Each Psalm this season will unwrap the gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus at work in our everyday lives transforming us more and more into his likeness.
Sunday, November 28 – Advent is a season of expectant waiting. In Psalm 25 King David waits expectantly for God to guide and preserve him from his enemies because of His steadfast love. In our Gospel we see that love in person as Jesus enters Jerusalem and the crowds cry out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” In the face our enemies: sin, death, and the devil, Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He forgives all our sins and empowers us to wait patiently for his coming again in glory to make all things new forever.