The Psalm For Advent 2 (Series A)
There are four scripture readings assigned for each Sunday but we only hear three of them read aloud. Each week we hear a reading from the Old Testament, one of the epistles (usually St. Paul), and of course the crown of all Scripture the Holy Gospel for which we stand, sing alleluia and cross ourselves on forehead, lips and heart.
But the other reading, the orphan if you like, is the Psalm.
I am not sure why it isn't give regular voice in liturgy but that should not stop us from resting beneath its tender breast by personal reading and meditation on it. You can find the Psalm, along with all the Propers for the week at this link. While there are many good devotionals at our fingertips (God be praised to highest heavens), perhaps there is no better than to meditate on the week's Propers. (FYI,the Propers are the parts of liturgy that change each week: Introit, Collect, Gradual, Alleluia Verse, and the four lessons.)
Ritually speaking the Propers take effect on Sunday and are in force throughout the week up to and including the next Saturday, so that one would first hear them from God own lips (via his minister) in his house and then, like 12 baskets left over, feed on them all week long.
Since the pastor works a week ahead in preparation for next Sunday I offer you next Sunday's Psalm which is brimming with hope for all who are oppressed by sin, death, and Satan. Here is medicine for the soul. Pray it now, and next week as well. And my God richly bless you by his Word.
Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice! 3
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
7 In his days the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more.
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
9 May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
11 May all kings fall down before him,
all nations serve him!
12 For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him
all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
17 May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed!
18 Blessed be the LORD
the God of Israel, who along does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever,
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.