The Other Side of Christmas: December 15

Proper Focus on the Holiday Season              

December 15, 2019
by Sam Fiore           

Psalm 72:11-14 (NIV) 
May all kings bow down to him
    and all nations serve him. 
 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
    and save the needy from death.
 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
    for precious is their blood in his sight.
There is some confusion whether Psalm 72 was written by Solomon or by David for Solomon before he died. Regardless, this Psalm does not describe Solomon or his life. All nations did not serve him (verse 11) and while he had amassed great wealth there is really no indication that he made that wealth available for anyone except himself (verses 12-14). As well-known theologian, Matthew Henry, pointed out, this Psalm is not really about Solomon because of those areas that don’t match with Solomon’s reign. Henry goes on to say this Psalm is really a foreshadowing of the One who was to come that would have all kings bow to Him and all nations serve Him - Jesus. It also provides us with a glimpse into the heart of this Jesus who did come.  
In this season, it is important to recognize the gravity of Christ’s heart in our lives. Jesus’ heart goes out to the poor and needy in scripture. What are we doing to care for the needy, poor, or those who are oppressed? Let us not forget to follow His example of love to the poor in this Christmas season. My family always goes to the World Vision catalog to purchase things required by the needy; things that allow them to pursue a profession- farming, seamstress, accounting, schoolbooks, etc. Others we know help in food kitchens, give to other organizations, invite someone who is lonely to share in the holidays, or find their own way to reflect what Jesus would do if He was walking in their shoes.  

RESPOND
If this is the kingdom our Lord Jesus will create then we need to consider this when we enter the season to celebrate and remember His birth. What would you do to serve the poor and needy this Christmas season?  

PRAYER
Father, show us what You want us to do this Christmas season with Your desire to help those in need. And then give us the desire and the courage to follow through on what You’re calling us to do.

About the author:
Sam Fiore
 
Sam is sixteen years old and has attended Stafford Crossing most of his life. He attends Fusion Student Ministry and serves in Kids Crossing.