Advent Day 15

2 Samuel 5: 1-5

King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

King and shepherd seem like opposites. A king sits on a throne wearing expensive clothes. A shepherd stand on the hillsides wearing dirty clothes. David was both. He was a shepherd God chose to be king. A shepherd is humble and cares more about people than about power. David carried this humble spirit into his reign as king.

Later, Jesus said he was the “Good Shepherd,” the one who knows all of his sheep and lays down his life for them. Jesus is also king, the one who will be victorious over the powers of sin, death and evil.

Thank you God that our King has the heart of a shepherd. Just as a good shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and protects them, you know us by name and will protect us throughout our life. Amen.