Sunday, November 30th, 2008...12:22 am

Prayer of praise for the beginning of advent

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The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all

The LORD executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

This reconciliation was accomplished through Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  The second person of the Godhead took on a human frame and became flesh.  And our only appropriate response can be to burst out into doxology.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD?  Or who has become His counselor?  Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid to him?

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of Glory?
The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.

He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to thee, O Israel.

You have sent the rod of Your strength out of Zion.  Rule in the midst of Your enemies and hear our cry, for we offer it in the mighty name of your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

[The prayer was more compiled than it was composed.  Sources include Psalm 24, Psalm 103, Psalm 110,  John 1, Romans 11, the Nicene Creed, John Chrysostom’s Easter sermon, & O Come O Come Emmanuel

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