Devotion for Friday in the Third Week in Advent

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. ~ Psalm 139:7-12

If we had an earth-shaking announcement to make, most of us would make it in the bright midday or in a room lit by lots of artificial light. But when God announced the birth of Jesus, He did it at night. The dark sky lit up like day, and the shepherds saw and heard the heavenly choir that told them the Savior had been born.

Lord God, I see night as dark and sometimes scary. Yet to You, night is as bright as day. You lit up the sky on the night of Jesus’s birth so it was as bright as day to the shepherds. Lighten my darkness—not only the darkness of the night, but more importantly, the darkness of sin, doubt, and fear. Let me see Your love clearly. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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