December 21

Psalm 96

“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.” vs. 4

Even though some say that atheism is on the march and that fewer people believe in God, the truth is that there are a plethora of gods available in the marketplace. Humans have never been without their gods and new ones are being invented every day–and there are plenty of suppliants, all ready to offer sacrifices on the altars of Mammon and Bacchus. In fact there are so many gods out there that it’s hard to focus on any particular one. With Christmas drawing near though, more and more are getting ready to offer praise to the One True God, the one who is worthy to be revered above all gods. And which God is this? The psalmist says that it’s the one who made the heavens, and that’s a great place to start. Of course there is no way we can really describe the Creator God. Where indeed can we find words adequate for One who brought the universe into existence and is present in all and through all? Those who are followers of Jesus believe that in him we catch glimpses of God, that in him the Creative Word of God was made flesh, and if we really want to worship God there’s no better way than to gather in celebration of Jesus’ birth. So for them this Friday, we’re not just saying “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, we’re saying thank you to the Great God of All!

Thought for the Day: Which gods have particular appeal for me?

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