Lift

December 23, 2018

Lift up your mugs, ye patient, possibly tired, preachers and disciples of Jesus, winding down the Advent season and preparing for the celebration of Christmas. And be lifted up, ye ever flowing caffeine rich substances.

The King of Glory comes. The King of Glory comes, whether we get it all done, whether we think we’ve been devoted and faithful, whether we’re well practiced in the disciplines of discipleship or whether we haphazardly joined in whenever we remembered to make time.

May you have a blessed fourth Sunday of Advent.

Psalm 24

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it; 
2 for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers. 

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place? 
4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully. 
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation. 
6 Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of Jacob.*

7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
8 Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle. 
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
   and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
   that the King of glory may come in. 
10 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.