December 18 (O Adonai)

 

 

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Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!  

  

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.  

 

Isaiah had prophesied: "[...] but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins." Isaiah 11:4-5 "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us." Isaiah 33:22 

 

O Adonai

(Written by Kevin Cushing) 

 

O Adonai We wait, we wait for God to come and set us free.  We pray, we ask, we seek, we do, we try anything we can to speed up God’s deliverance.  We believe he has power, we are trusting in his salvation, and still we wait for him to come.  Moses waited. When he was a young man, he saw the plight of his people in slavery, and he wanted to do something about it.  So he took matters into his own hands; he killed an Egyptian oppressor, he tried to be the savior himself.  And Moses, whose heart was set on a godly goal, was asked to wait for forty years in a desert.  When God finally came to Moses in the burning bush, Moses had long given up any thought that he was someone to be involved in God’s plan.  When the Lord told Moses that he would be the agent through whom God would lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he replied, “Who am I?”    

 

Through waiting, Moses had become a vessel God could really use—empty, but ready.  Ready to be filled.   

 

You may feel empty at times, used up, wondering when God’s blessings are going to come.  But sometimes God allows us to be completely emptied so that when he comes, there will be more room for himself. 

 

Today, as you contemplate the coming of the Lord, Adonai, ask the Lord to give you the heart of a Moses, a prince, who for forty years went about his unseen tasks in the desert with a learned humility—slowly acquiring a new nature that readied him for service.  Emptied at last of pride and expectation, we become the vessels that God can inhabit, like Mary herself was, to carry God’s salvation to an imprisoned world.

 

Oh, come, oh, come, our Lord of might,

Who to your tribes on Sinai's height

In ancient times gave holy law,

In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to you, O Israel!

 

The Magnificat (Song of Mary) - Luke 1:46-55  

 

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

And my spirit does rejoice in God my Savior    

 

Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name

Praise the Almighty God, He’s done great things for us

Holy is His name    

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; 

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.    

 

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.    

 

He has mercy on those who fear him 

in every generation.  

 

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.     

 

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.  

 

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.    

 

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,  

 

The promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.  

 

Musical refrain by J. Brooke Fenwick