Mustard Seed Daily Devotion

I am Jesus’ Little Lamb

In the Word

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11

Of the Word

I am Jesus’ little lamb, Ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need and well provides me,
Loves me ev’ry day the same, Even calls me by my name.

No matter our age, the opening words to this child-like hymn, based loosely on the words of Psalm 23, remind us that Jesus called Himself the good shepherd (John 10:11a).

Our Shepherd assures us we belong to Him and He “Even calls me by my name.” He provides for His sheep and gives us the greatest gift of all: His life, so that we may be forgiven. He then rose again, so that we, His little lambs, will have eternal life with Him in heaven.

Because we are joyful to have a Good Shepherd, we sing along with the hymn writer: “Who so happy as I am, Even now the Shepherd’s lamb? And when my short life is ended, By His angel host attended, He shall fold me to His breast, There within His arms to rest.”

Walking with my Lord

Shepherd of all Your little lambs, hold me and mine close to Your heart. Protect us and gently guide us to Your pleasant pastures. In Your watchful name I pray. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 8/31. Hymn Text: LSB 740. ©2011  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
All hymns are public domain with the text reprinted from Lutheran Service Book, ©2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.

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