A Worthy Recipient

Psalm 72:15-19

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 alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!

Nativity (4 of 55)

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, Kailash Satyarthi, Tawakkol Karman, Liu Xiaobo, Muhammad Yunus, Barack Obama, Al Gore, Martti Ahtisaari, and Leymah Gbowee all have something in common: they have all been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As to their worthiness, I will leave you to decide. Many would wish them to be successful in their various ventures. Each has his or her enemies and detractors as well.

Solomon describes the glory, worship, and fame of Jesus Christ – some 1000 years before his birth. These effusive words of praise overflow in their delight and hopefulness. This one surely will be acknowledged as a worthy recipient of glory, honor, worship, and praise! We can even see the fulfillment of verse 15 in the gifts of the magi.

Sadly, however, Jesus does not receive the universal fame he deserves. Groups openly oppose public displays depicting his birth. People scoff at the idea that Jesus is the only Son of God, and our only hope for salvation. Jesus is rejected wholesale by worldly, wealthy, famous, and intellectual elites.

Be that as it may, Jesus is worthy of all our praises. His name will endure forever. He is the source of eternal joy, peace, hope, and salvation. People are blessed in him, and people from every tribe, nation, language, and class honor him as Lord. I cannot say it better than the psalmist:

Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!

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