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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. Micah 5:2, 4-5 

“The Lord is my shepherd…Psalm 23

Most loving Jesus, there are so many reasons to love and worship you. First and foremost, you are God the Son, who along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, are worthy to be worshiped, with everything we have and are. The fact that we can be tempted to worship other gods confirms our brokenness and perpetual need for your grace.

But today I’m especially moved to worship you, Lord Jesus, for being the Shepherd-Savior, promised in the Scriptures. 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, because you are constantly caring for us. Be praised and worshiped, O good and engaged Shepherd.

Lord Jesus, because of your great love for us, we lack nothing we need. We don’t get all our wants, but we do have everything we 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 us—all for the restoring of our tired, weary, broken, and dependent souls.

For your glory and our 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 we really need to know. We don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone, for you are with us.

Even when enemies are close by and threatening, you are close by and will never forsake us. Your generous anointing overflows our lives for the blessing of others. To follow you is to be followed by the fragrance of your goodness and love.

Even in the new heaven and new earth, you’ll forever be our Good Shepherd—leading us to springs of living water (Rev. 7:17). Your greatness, will reach to the ends of the earth, and we’ll always live securely; for you are our peace—now and forever. So very Amen we pray with 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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