Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! 5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
Long after the tree is packed up and the lights are put away, the spirit of Christmas can live on in us. Christmas message reminds us of God’s faithfulness, and we know from Bible and our experience that His faithfulness never ends.
Psalm 105 tells us to sing to God and tell of all his wondrous works. Singing is powerful. When we sing, we’re telling our mind and heart what’s true and reminding ourselves of God’s faithfulness.
Reading the Bible, and openly and honestly talking with God in prayer are two more ways to keep God’s faithfulness before us all year long. As we read the Bible, we see how God has been taking care of His people from the beginning of time. We acknowledge in our prayers this level of commitment God demonstrates and we embrace the truth that the same God who cared then is the same God who cares for us now.
Psalm 105:4 says, “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (NIV). Always really does mean always. Cry out to God with your frustration. Ask Him to show you that He is near and ask him to give you peace, the peace that passes our understanding. The Nativity reminds God is always with you, and ready to hear from you.
Record on your voice memo on your phone, or journal how God is speaking to you through Scripture, circumstances, and through other Jesus followers. What we note or record, doesn’t have to be complicated or detailed. Yet the action of keeping a record of when God shows up and when his overwhelming presence is undeniable, helps us recall His character and “glory in his holy name” (Psalm 105:3).
Christmas celebrates God coming to earth to be with us. When we take the time to be with Him, to welcome him, to be open to him, to invest in our relationship with God and God’s with us, we can experience the same joy and hope and peace and love we enjoy during Advent and Christmas every day of the year.
Can you remember a time when God answered your prayers in a clear and specific way? Take some time to reflect on that today.
Have you ever specifically asked God to help you feel His presence in your life? Go ahead and give it a try.
Here is a song from one of my favourite Christmas Albums called CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY, notice its message.