“1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
3 Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
4 O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.”
When we sing, “O Come, O come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel, who mourns in lonely exile here,” one of the best-known Advent hymns, we are singing the heart of this psalmist. This psalmist may not be writing from Babylonian exile, but this psalmist deeply feels that God has abandoned him and God’s people. He prays to God for help.
Jesus came as God’s answer to such longing for God. Jesus came as God’s answer to every longing heart.
“Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel has come to thee, O Israel!” Amen!
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