Advent is a time set aside for anticipating the coming of Christ, both at the first Christmas and again in the present and future. This season's passages reflect this anticipation from the perspective of the Old Testament, and its fulfillment and future anticipation from the New Testament. We'll look at why Jesus came: to show us who God is and what he's like.
Read Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
Centuries before the birth of Christ, this psalm seems to anticipate his coming. "Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven." Jesus represents a merging of heaven and earth, God humbling himself by coming to live among us, as one of us.
Spend time meditating on this verse: "Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other." Ask God what it means for these things to "meet together," to "kiss each other." And tell him in what ways you see them coming together in the person of Jesus.