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Advent 2020: Prepare the Way

Turn your heart to the Lord.

We’ve read the Preface and the Introduction. The way is prepared to begin the devotional readings in Joy to the World.


Read December 1: Prepare the Way

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Reflect.

What did you learn about spiritual preparation during Advent?

  • Meditate on your need for a Savior.
  • Examine the current state of your heart and life in Christ.
  • Build anticipation in your home for the return of Jesus.
  • Be in the Word.

These encouragements for Advent given in the first day’s devotional are a guide for us in turning our hearts to Jesus. They are a roadmap in preparing the way to adore Him.

How will you apply them this holy season?

Ask God to guide you in preparing the way to turn your heart to Him.

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God. …”
Isaiah 40:3 ESV

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 119:1-32

We begin our six day journey through the reading of Psalm 119. (Click on the link to read verses 1-32.)

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the entire Bible. This song of praise is different than the others we have read so far. My NIV study notes calls it A Love Poem to the Law. It is actually an alphabet acrostic. Each stanza (eight verses each) begins with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet.

Sort of like A is for apple, B for banana, C… you get the picture.

The author was most likely an Israelite, devoted to the study of God’s Word, and it was probably used for godly instruction. (NIV Study Bible Notes, Biblegateway.com)

The first four stanzas reveal to us the writer’s relationship with God’s Word.

…Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.

…With my whole heart I seek you, let me not wander from your commandments.

…I will delight in your statues; I will not forget your word.

My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I have set your rules before me.

He makes no excuses, no waver in his resolve. The author is consumed with love for God’s Word. And it makes me wonder, am I? Do I delight in His word, and seek it with my whole heart?

What about you? Are you consumed with longing for his rules? for His way?

As we continue to read Psalm 119 may we grow hungry like never before for God’s Word to become a consuming fire in our lives. May we hang on God’s every word and not rest each day until we’ve feasted on it.

Oh Lord, make me hungry for Your Word!

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