Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Christmas in Zion

For the LORD shall build up Zion;
  He shall appear in His glory.
He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
  And shall not despise their prayer.

This will be written for the generation to come,
  That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
  From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
  To release those appointed to death,
To declare the name of the LORD in Zion,
  And His praise in Jerusalem,
When the peoples are gathered together,
  And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
(Psalm 102:17-22)
Is this not the promise of Christmas? Has not the LORD heard from heaven? Has not Messiah come to set prisoners free, to deliver lives from destruction, to declare the salvation of God?

The time shall come, and it shall be fulfilled that all peoples and nations shall gather together before the LORD, to serve Him and love His name.

O come, let us adore Him — Christ the Lord!