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December 18 – Advent Study Day 19

“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)

Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.

Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Advent Study Day 19

Psalm 98:1-6

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Psalm 100:1-2

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.

Discussion/Activity Ideas

Music and worship are an important aspect of most Christian celebrations. You can help your family grow in their appreciation of the special sounds of the holiday season, even as they learn more about praising God through song. Use any instruments in your house, or use instruments that you make from things around your house, while you sing “Joy to the World”. Remember that the real joy of Christmas is found in the birth of Christ. Continue lighting two of the purple candles and the pink candle this week.

SOAP Note

A New Song | Shiree King

Scripture

Psalm 98:1

Observation

From the Enduring Word Commentary: “There are striking parallels between the first part of Psalm 98 and Mary’s prayer in Luke 1:46-55, which may mean that the mother of Jesus had the psalm in mind as she composed her hymn and that she rightly saw that the promises of the psalm were to be fulfilled in the spiritual victories to be achieved by Jesus Christ.”

Application

The words “new song” jumped out at me today.  How do we sing a “new” song to God?  A new song can be in our words – maybe we can write our own song lyrics/poem and/or tune to God? A new song can be in our hearts – maybe we sing the worship songs we’ve sung over and over before, but each time we sing them, our heart takes a new and fresh approach to worshipping God? A new song can be in our prayers – maybe a new song isn’t a “song” at all, but a heartfelt cry to God in an honest, real, raw manner?

Prayer

Dear God, You have done marvelous things.  I want to sing a new song to celebrate You.  Please show me what that new song means to me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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