Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Longing Day 5

Thur, Dec 7

Invitation – Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

Scripture Reading – 1 Samuel 8:4-9

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

Dwelling

Pause and remind yourself that God is a Father who loves and instructs his children. Ask God what he might be teaching you through his Word. How might God be stirring your heart to respond to him today?

Guided Prayer

  • Grieve that the ways of the world are not God’s ways.
  • Confess how we give in to the temptation to be like the world.
  • Cry out to God for him to reign over the world and our lives.

Confessional Prayer – WLC 45

Just as the Israelites were fickle and demanding, so are we. Please forgive us. Help us to trust in your plan, one which has shown us the greatest goodness in Jesus coming to the world. He has made us full citizens in his Kingdom. More than that, he has made us family. Praise be to God for the King of kings! Amen.

Blessing – Psalm 130:7-8

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.