Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
The season of Advent, beginning this coming Sunday, is the time when we particularly look forward to the coming of Christ. In the Bible the first and second comings of Christ tend to collapse into each other. Therefore, as we look forward to Christ’s birth, we also look forward to his coming again for final rescue from sin and death.
Our Psalm this week is Psalm 122. In this text, as with all the Psalms, we look to Christ as the fulfillment. The Christian therefore sees Jesus and the coming eternal kingdom as the house of the LORD, Jerusalem, the fortress and the place where God is enthroned. Jesus is the one who gives peace. He is the one to whom we will look. When we pray for peace of Jerusalem, then, even though we would not wish ill upon the earthly Jerusalem, we look to a heavenly kingdom as the place which will be peaceful and secure.
Until Christ comes to take his people home eternally, what do we do? We encourage one another. We help people to look to the triune God in hope. We rejoice in opportunities to gather together and grow in the grace of God. We practice giving thanks to the name of the Lord.
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