O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvellous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendour;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.’
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.
Jesus is coming. His arrival is the reason for the season. But his birth is not the coming that the Psalmist sings of, rather his final return. As we watch our country struggle with the labor pains of bringing about a new era we wonder if this is not only the time to remember Christ’s first coming, but also to prepare for the second coming. Every generation of Christians has believed that they were going to see the day of the return.
We ask ourselves if we are the ones? Christ is elusive on purpose. He wants us to be ever ready. But at the same time we must prepare ourselves in case today is not the day, in case our children will live out their lives upon this earth. The Psalmist sings of the strength and majesty of God and how the earth cries out for her to return. I cannot help but imagine that the cry is one of relief. As the pinnacle of God’s creation we have failed in many ways, the least of which is in our stewardship of the earth.
As we meditate on Christ’s return I hope that we also consider cleaning up a bit to welcome him. Not the typical insolent child cleaning their room, but instead a true effort to make a difference.