I noticed a really interesting trend on my blog over the last few days – I am always interested in what people are searching for, what people want to know about. In the last few days most of the people visiting searched for this -
I shall not want
Typically then, they end up at the Bible study I did on Psalm 23:1 earlier this year.
But could that be a Christmas message? I guess it isn’t directly related to the birth of Jesus. I guess if you stretch the analogy, Jesus being laid in a manger could link to the Lord is my Shepherd – but I think that is doing a lot of stretching…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
What a great theme for Christmas! Jesus, our Lord, is the one who guides us. He is the one who directs us, who cares for us, who protects us. He is the one who leads us to where we can do what we are called to do. So what is left for us?
I shall not want.
I am not going to covet the biggest present, or whatever those around me got, or everything i see in the latest catalog. I am not going to focus on myself this Christmas – on what I want to get, on being first at the table to get the best part of the meal, on getting the most presents, on being the focus of attention. Instead, I can proclaim ‘The Lord, who condescended to become a man when He was born in a manger of the Virgin Mary, and who lived and died for my sins on a cross, only to rise again, is my shepherd. I certainly shall not want!’
What a great theme this Christmas!