It is true that in a physical sense we have many needs. There is so much that is necessary for our lives as creatures. But what is above all necessary is that which our lives from a spiritual point of view stand in need of, and which must be given us. That is why, as we considered yesterday, we have that wonderful truth of Psalm 23:1 that "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want."
However, what we ought to take hold of and keep before our minds is that God Himself speaks here through David and tells us that we have no want, for we have a shepherd Who supplies all our needs. Because Christ is our Shepherd, we have what is necessary to bring us from hell to heaven, from sin and guilt to holiness and righteousness. The question before us is whether we want these presents, and whether we will praise and thank God on the day we celebrate Christ's birth for this wonderful, all-important gift.
Take hold of that truth: We want nothing! God has sent His Son to do all that which is necessary to bring us out of all our punishment and guilt, and from all our unholiness and godlessness.
Consider that at it is because of Christ's birth, which took place about 2,000 years ago, that we call the year in which we find ourselves A.D. 1996. That means that we are in the year 1996 of our Lord; for the letters "A.D.," an abbreviation of "anno domini," mean "in the year of our Lord." 1996 years ago our God gave us our Lord, Who is our good shepherd Who took away all our wants, and gave us all that which our salvation calls for or wants for its realization.
We have Christ today as our shepherd, and we lack nothing and no one necessary for our full salvation. He did die for us, rose again and ascended into heaven to prepare places for us.
What a gift! And what a calling we have to celebrate the day of His birth with praise and thanksgiving to God.
Read: John 10:1-18 .
Quote for Reflection:
C. H. Spurgeon: "We would ply the Trowel with untiring hand for the building up of Jerusalem’s dilapidated walls, and wield the Sword with vigour and valour against the enemies of the Truth." (from the first issue of The Sword and Trowel magazine, 1865).