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    But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. . . .  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. Mic. 5:2, 4-5

Dear Lord Jesus, there are so many reasons to love, worship and adore you. First and foremost, because you are God—who, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, are singularly worthy to be worshiped with everything we have and are. The fact that I’m even tempted to worship idols is irrefutable confirmation that I’m a broken, sinful man—desperate for the salvation that you alone can give.

Lord Jesus, today I’m especially moved as I think of your present love and care for us. You are the Shepherd-Savior that the prophet Micah spoke about. Having laid down your life as the Lamb of God, you’ve risen and are now the standing shepherd—relentlessly caring, vigilantly protecting, and faithfully providing for us. You never sleep or slumber; we’re never out of your sight or heart; we will never outlive or out sin your grace. You are the Good Shepherd, indeed.

Lord Jesus, because of your great love for us in the gospel, we lack nothing that we really need. I don’t get all my wants, but I do have everything I need for life and godliness, and a whole lot more. I praise you that it’s green pastures and quiet waters to which you lead me—all for the restoring of my tired, weary, broken, rebellious soul.

For your glory and my good, you guide us along paths of righteousness, goodness, truth, and grace. And even as that journey involves traversing places marked by decay and death, you are with us, and that’s all I really need to know. I don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone, anymore.

You nourish us all the time, even when enemies are close by and threatening. Your generous anointing overflows us for the blessing of others. To follow you is to be followed by the fragrance of your goodness and mercy—for we cannot live close to you without being changed.

Even in the new heaven and new earth, you will be our shepherd, leading us to springs of living water (Rev. 7:17). You never stop serving us—what a Savior you are; what a salvation you freely give us! Your greatness will reach to the ends of the earth, Lord Jesus, and we will always live with you securely—for you are our peace, now and forever. So very Amen we pray with awe and thanksgiving, in your great and gracious name.



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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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