“I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

Psalm 25: 1-10

This Scripture passage was the basis of our Sunday sermon that kicked off the Advent season that was all about the theme of expectant waiting on the coming of the Lord Jesus.

As I shared on Sunday, it’s always been funny to me that the church celebrates waiting. After all, fundamentally, that’s what the season of Advent is. Advent is a period of time when we look forwards with anticipation towards Christ. It is a time of expectant waiting. When you break down the word advent, it comes from the Latin which means “coming.” The purpose of Advent is not just to celebrate Christ’s birth on earth though. The purpose is to commemorate Jesus Christ coming to us, but also his second coming.

In the Old Testament, the words hope and wait are often synonymous in English translations. Here in both verse 3 and verse 5, that word hope or wait is the Hebrew word Qavah, Its meaning is to look patiently, to wait, or to hope, expect, and look eagerly, but literally, it means to bind together.

What if you were bound together with God this Advent season?  What if you walked each step of your journey with the hope and the promise that is found in Christ?  It’s in that process that our waiting becomes something meaningful and profound.  It’s in that process where we can grow in a deeper faith walk with Christ.

– Pastor Matt