I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’”
This passage begins with the writer’s desire to tell of God’s love and faithfulness, and ends with an Old Testament quotation of God’s promise to David (from 2 Samuel 7:13). David wanted to build God a temple to honor God in a time of physical rest and peace. God declines his offer for more important, lasting plans. Often at Christmas, we remember the past year and look to the next, seeking to do more for others and accomplish more ourselves. But God’s faithfulness is steadfast, and his plans are firmly established, bringing something so much greater into focus – FOREVER.
God we pray that we may be reminded to look beyond our own strength in this joyous season – echoing the words of the great Christmas hymn, “What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part; Yet what I can I give him: give him my heart.”
The Kiser Family