“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me n the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2: 8-14
I was amazed when reading the two scriptures for today as to how much they had in relation to each other. The Psalm starts out letting us know that the Lord is the shepherd of all of the people and in Luke who does the angel of the Lord visit first? Of course it is some shepherds in a near by field and it is announced to them the birth of the Lord’s son , Jesus. He has let them know that they have found favor with Him and He will shepherd the people while he lives among them. He is restoring the soul of the people as David writes in the Psalm and at the same time letting us know that he is renewing His covenant with the people.
The Shepherds are afraid of the bright light and the Lord’s angel but the angel tells them to not be afraid because he is bringing them good news of great joy for all of the people.( Luke 2: 10) In the Psalm verse 4 we are told He is with us and we do not have to fear evil and that He will comfort us.
Verse 14 in Luke it is written “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors. It can be noted in the Psalm the sixth verse tells us that if we dwell in the house of the Lord, He will bring us goodness and mercy all of the days of our life.
During this Christmas season we need to find the blessing that the birth of the Christ child brings to each of us and to understand that the Lord will fill our hearts and souls with the joys of being His followers. Also that he walks with us each and every day and He will always be at our side through the good and the troubling times.
Lord thank you for the birth of your son Jesus and for the hope and joy that we can find in following Him and knowing that you are always with us. May this joy spread among all peoples and nations and the peace it can bring to the earth and mankind. AMEN
In what ways have you experienced the Lord walking with you? Leave a comment to share your story!