Join us this season as we shift our focus away from the typical holiday clichés to rethink Christmas by elevating Jesus as our CREATOR, the one born in a CRIB, who journeyed to the CROSS, and ascended to receive the CROWN as King of Kings. Make the Church Project daily devotionals a regular part of your spiritual rhythm of life during this Advent season and beyond.
The Driving Force
We didn't get this far by ourselves. There is a Maker, who has conceived, created, consecrated, and cares deeply for all life. God alone is the driving force behind life, this is where we begin.
"For the word of the Lord is upright; And all His work is done in faithfulness." v4
At the outset of this Advent season, we start by contemplating God as the great Maker. If you tune the ears of your heart to the words of Psalms 33, you'll hear the echoes of Genesis 1, as God goes about setting His creation in order.
"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. . . . He spoke, and it came to be He commanded and it stood firm." v6&9
Psalm 33 paints a picture of God who is secure in Himself as One who needs only to speak to have His commands carried out. His word of creation is not just an act of raw power, instead the Maker creates out of a commitment to faithfulness, righteousness, justice, and steadfast love. All His work is done in extreme faithfulness.
"The king is not saved by a mighty army; a warrior is not delivered by a great strength." v16
There is no denying that regardless of position, power and prowess, in spite of our titles and resources, we are not autonomous. In the midst of our best efforts we cannot save ourselves. Horsepower is not the answer, no one gets by on muscle alone.
"Behold the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for his loving kindness." v18
There is an absolute King who is watching and His watching is no casual thing. He knows our capabilities and our limits. The eye of the Lord is grounds for active, concrete hope. He is our driving force. Our Maker is personally and compassionately aware of our circumstances, possibilities, and responsibilities.
This Psalm ends with a series of personal confessions of radical trust in the Lord. Pray verses 20-21 in the first person, from your heart and out loud.
"Our soul waits for the Lord"
"Our heart rejoices in Him"
"We trust in His holy name"