Monday, April 11, 2016

Royal, Paternal, Saving Name

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The Lord's my shepherd; I'll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
 —Psalm 23:1 (tune: Crimond CM)
I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
—Ezekiel 34:22-23
These words have taken so deep a hold of the hearts of his people, that, from the beginning, they passed into a common title for their exalted Head. It was the symbol under which, in times of persecution, his Presence was shadowed forth. It was sculptured on the walls of sepulchres and catacombs; it was painted in upper chambers and in oratories; it was traced upon their sacred books; it was graven on the vessels of the altar. The image of the Good Shepherd has expressed, as in a parable, all their deepest affections, fondest musings, most docile obedience, most devoted trust. It is a title in which all other titles meet, in the light of which they blend and lose themselves. Priest, Prophet, King, Savior, and Guide, are all summed up in this one more than royal, paternal, saving Name. It recalls in one word all the mercies and loving-kindness of God to his people of old, when 'the Shepherd of Israel' made his own people 'to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.'
 —Henry Manning
Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd, in the waters of Baptism you give me birth, and at your table you nourish me with heavenly food. In your goodness and mercy, lead me along safe paths, beyond the terrors of evil and death, to the house of the Lord where I may rest securely in you forever...
 —Daily Prayer, PCUSA (alt.)
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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