Daily Devotion on Psalm 72

Devotion Text: Psalm 72

Have you ever–perhaps, in a moment of sheer desperation–cried out, “Where are you God?!”

In Psalm 72, King Solomon writes a beautiful poem about God’s Son–the Messiah. Solomon writes how the Christ would judge and defend his people. The Christ would “endure as long as the sun,” and “rule from sea to sea.” Solomon even foretold the events of the first Epiphany, when “Kings from Sheba and Seba will present him gifts.”

Those kings from the east (or magi; wise men) sought out the very king Solomon describes in this psalm and they found him, as a baby just like any other ordinary baby–he spit up, needed his soiled diapers changed, and cried when he was hungry. The kings who had been waiting for so long to see their God, found an infant.

And they worshiped him!

These men knew what we so often forget. Our God is not a God who revels in lording his power over his people. The all-powerful God who transcends time and space could certainly choose to be as visible as he wanted at any time. Yet, our God remains a hidden God. There is actually a neat theological term for that–deus absconditus. The idea behind the phrase is that God most fully reveals himself to man while he is most hidden.

Think about it. Where do we more clearly see the love of God, but in a manger and on a cross–two places that we would never look for God! Today, God reveals himself while hiding himself through his Word, through the waters of baptism and in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.

While the world does not look for God in such foolish places, we find him there and we worship him!

Prayer: Christ my king, you rule with all power from on high and judge the earth with your righteousness. Yet, I cannot see your face and so often I lose trust that you are near me. Comfort me, Lord, by coming to me where the world would not seek you. Bless me through your Word and Sacraments, that I may know you best where you are hidden. Keep me in this grace until I shall see your full power forever in heaven. Amen.

About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on January 5, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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