It is a beautiful and happy time of year.
But sadly, it proves to be a difficult season for many. Christmastime can be exhausting emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially.
But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. (Psalm 69:29)
Many people want to run and hide until it's over.
And if you are a born-again Christian, run and hide is exactly what you should do.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61:2)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm 91:9-11)
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2)
Once you do, the burdens of the Christmas season will grow lighter and you'll be singing Christmas carols (and praises to The One about Whom you sing) with great enthusiasm. Praise is an act of the will that has great promises attached.
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. (Psalm 57:2)
I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. (Psalm 7:17)
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. (Psalm 9:2)
And after all, there is really no one else to turn to besides the Lord. Others may commiserate, but in the end it is only God Who is able to save us, restore us, make us whole, and fill our hearts with joy.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places. (Psalm 18:31-33)
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand. (Psalm 149:5-6)
Only God has the resources within Himself to bind our wounds and provide eternal comfort. His forgiveness alone is worth more than all the bright and costly treasure to be found in the marketplace.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. (Psalm 46:4)
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:10-12)
Whether the true message of Christmas reaches the heart of sinful men, or they miss it altogether and spend the season in revelry and retail overload, it does not change the truth: that Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost, and that God is sovereign.
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. (Psalm 92:7-8)
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (Psalm 139:5-7)
The sinless Baby Who was born in a manger so long ago still lives, and He lives to love us. He lives to save us and heal us. Lean hard upon His mighty arm during this season.
It's all He wants for Christmas.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14)
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:32-33)
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:76-79)
All Scripture quoted and referenced in this article is from the King James Bible.
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