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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, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. 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)The Lord (Jesus) is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1)

 

Lord Jesus, Micah’s prophecy of your coming simply adds to the long list of reasons why we adore and trust you. Today we’re especially moved to worship you for being the Shepherd-Savior you are to us.

Having laid down your life as the Lamb of God, you arose to be our “Standing Shepherd”—relentlessly, tenderly, faithfully caring for us. Thank you for nourishing, feeding and resting us in green pastures of grace.

Because of your great love for us, we don’t have everything we want, but we lack nothing we need. Because you are Immanuel, we don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone. Your perfect love continues to shrink our worries and drive out our fears (1 John 4:18).

Jesus, we SO look forward to the Day when your “greatness will reach to the ends of the earth”—the Day when all things will be new, and nothing will be broken. Right now, and forever, you our peace—our “righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor.1:30). And you give us peace—the calm of your current reign, and the hope of your certain return. Thank you, Jesus. So Very Amen.

 

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