“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah… out of you will come for me whose origins are from of old… He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord… And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be our peace.” Micah 5:2, 4–5
Lord Jesus, Micah’s prophecy of your two comings adds to the long list of reasons we love, adore, and trust you. On this December Monday, we are especially moved to worship you for how you shepherd us.
Having laid down your life as the Lamb of God, you’ve risen from the dead, and are now our standing shepherd—relentlessly caring, vigilantly protecting, and faithfully providing for us. 2021 has certainly underscored how much we need the green pastures of your grace. No matter what else is going on in us and around us, you are our peace—that is, our “righteousness, holiness, and redemption”
Because of your great love for us, we don’t have everything we want, but we gratefully declare. “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1). At your return, your greatness will “reach to the ends of the earth”—every habitat and hamlet.
From that Day forward, we will “live securely” forever in the greenest and greatest of all pastures—the new heaven and new earth. Jesus, you will replace the “valley of the shadow of death” with the light of your glory and the fullness of eternal life. We’ll have no enemies, just You and the most perfect forever-family. Hallelujah, and make it soon. So very Amen we pray, in your great and gracious name.