Friends of CLDI,
First off, I hope and pray you have an extraordinary day as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Just this week, I was reflecting on Psalm 47, which says,
“Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry. For Yahweh, the Most High, is awe-inspiring, a great King over all the earth… God ascends among shouts of joy, the Lord, among the sound of trumpets. Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our King, sing praise! Sing a song of wisdom, for God is King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne. The nobles of the peoples have assembled with the people of the God of Abraham. For the leaders of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.” (vs. 1-2, 5-8 HCSB; bold print mine)
There are several Psalms, many in fact, which serve a double purpose not only to lead the Israelites in the worship of YHWH, but also point Israel to the promised Messiah to one day come. With this understanding in mind, I cannot help but find incredible confidence and assurance we have as Christ-followers that God is, in fact, King of all the earth and reigns over every nation of the world. Certainly, as we look at the brokenness of humanity and the condition of our world, we don’t always see this kind of shalom. But as a people who are oriented toward the Kingdom to one day come, we know and believe that His Kingdom is here now, though not in full. With great assurance, we know that just as Jesus came in the form of a babe, He will come again, and His reign will be fully secured. We must remember and find peace and hope that God still reigns in the time in between. So as we celebrate this Christmas day, it is a celebration for what He has done, but also an anticipation of what He is yet to do!
Lastly, a few pictures from the work performed this week. Again, we are incredibly thankful for the warmer weather that has allowed us to pour concrete in late December!