The Good Shepherd Came Down
Meditations on Psalm 23:6
On Christmas morning 2011 I led Church of the Open Door through meditations of the wonder of Psalm 23 in light if the Incarnation. Because of Christmas, King David’s words describe the reality of our lives as Christians. The Lord is my Shepherd.
I was journaling through a verse every morning this week, meditating on the actuality of Christ being my Good Shepherd who showed up in a manger in Bethlehem so that all that David says and feels about his Good Shepherd is true of me.
Day 6: Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life (Psalm 23:6, NET Bible).
It’s (Kind of) A Wonderful Life
One of our Christmas Eve traditions when our children were growing up was to finish off the evening watching that Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.
One December 24th we were trying to do just that with two worn out little Newkirk grandchildren, Zachy and Sam.
They had just about had it. All they wanted to do was go home and go to bed.
I pushed pause on the movie to help Zachy with his pajamas when my daughter, Celia, admitted out loud what we all were thinking, “This just isn’t working. We need to get these boys to bed; it’s been a long day. Christmas traditions just have to adjust to reality!”
She’s right of course.
Christmas traditions just have to adjust to the realities of life.
I’m sure you can remember some Christmases when you’ve had to adjust your traditions to the realities of life.
- A dying loved one
- A wayward child
- A job loss
- A strained family relationship
- A cross-country move.
But He’s (Absolutely) Good and Faithful
The last line of David’s song to the Good Shepherd assures us that whatever Christmases future may bring, there is one constant in our lives–the goodness and mercy of the Good Shepherd.
He uses an interesting verb translated pursue in the NET Bible. The term usually describes the relentless pursuit of an enemy or a stalking beast. Instead of being chased down by a relentless enemy, we’re being pursued by a Good Shepherd. He’s so good and faithful that David personifies these traits as our relentless pursuers.
I don’t know about you, but this helps me in this world where the prospect of future “Merry” Christmases seems more at risk every year.
Question: How have you experienced the Good Shepherd’s goodness and faithfulness this Christmas?