This one’s just too big. How do you write a short devo on David, the iconic shepherd king and his imperfect representation of the King of Kings, the Good Shepherd, who was also the Perfect Lamb? My head is flooded with passages from scripture depicting Jesus as the heir to the throne of David, Jesus as fully God and fully man, fully Shepherd and fully Lamb. But my heart is drawn to two passages that leave me silenced by the perfect Word of God and the coming King it heralds. Read Isaiah 40:1-11 and the selections from Revelation 21 and 22 below.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, ‘Cry!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah,
‘Behold your God!’
Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.”
Isaiah points us to the good news of the coming King of Glory and Shepherd of the sheep. John, in the last two chapters of Revelation, gives us a glimpse of what it will be like when that flock is finally gathered in.
“Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain,
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God…
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the lamb.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
and its lamp is the Lamb…
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal,
flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb through the middle of the street of the city;
also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit,
yielding its fruit each month. the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation.
No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face,
and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more.
They will need no light of the lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light,
and they will reign forever and ever…
‘Behold, I am coming soon,
bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…
I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star…’
The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’
And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price…
He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’
Come, Lord Jesus!”
If you get nothing else from this blog. Get those last two paragraphs. Jesus, the Lamb, descendant of David, is coming back as judge. And He invites all who are thirsty for the water of life to come to Him. Is that not worthy of our loudest ‘Amen?’
Come, Lord Jesus!
(I wish I had time to include the words to today’s hymn but please take time to listen or read them here and sing them with your family. Then be sure to listen to Handel’s Messiah, selections “Comfort ye my people…“, “Every valley...”, “And the glory of the Lord…”)
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