He has remembered his love

Todays reading is from Psalm 98

In many ways, you can be forgiven for forgetting things at Christmas. There’s so many things to do, places to go, people to see. Christmas easily becomes quite hectic and rushed. In amongst the for delectable recipes for Christmas – this recipe is one that can quickly mature into the forgetfulness cake.

Of course, we remind ourselves to slow down and remember what the season is all about. And when we do, we find little treasures like this that show us far from being the season for forgetting, Christmas is all about remembering:

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. (Psalm 98:2-3)

The salvation of the Lord is made known because God remembers his love. Not that he forgets like we might. He recalls his covenant of love, his promise to send a true king who will re-establish right rule on earth.  Though the Psalm was written a long time before Jesus’ birth, it speaks with renewed energy in that context. Indeed all the joy and shouting that the Psalm cals us to are done before “the LORD, the King” (v6)

As you prepare for Christmas, remember the great love that the Lord God has shown in sending Jesus, the King, into the world – and maybe even burst out in a new song to the Lord.

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 98:4-6)