The Meaning Behind The Song: Shepherd’s Watch by Michael Card
As a music teacher, I have the privilege of introducing my students to various genres and artists. One song that never fails to captivate both me and my students is “Shepherd’s Watch” by Michael Card. I still remember the first time I stumbled upon this beautiful piece of music at a friend’s house. From the very first note, I was enthralled by its melody and moved by its lyrics.
“Shepherd’s Watch” takes us back to the humble birth of Jesus Christ, as experienced by the shepherds in the fields. The song beautifully portrays the juxtaposition of their tired and worn-out lives with the extraordinary event they were about to witness.
The opening lines, “Shepherds watch, listening to lambs bleat, Tired backs, worn out and cold feet,” paints a vivid picture of their daily struggles and hardships. These shepherds spent their entire lives as outcasts, marginalized by society. However, amidst their longing for a different life, they were about to become part of something extraordinary.
The arrival of a dazzling light and the voice of an angel filled the shepherds with fear and terror. The description of this angelic encounter, “One like a man, yet awesome and holy, A face so fierce and yet strangely kind,” reflects the awe-inspiring nature of this divine visitation. It is a reminder that even in our moments of fear and uncertainty, there can be a glimmer of hope and kindness.
These celestial beings delivered the news of Jesus’ birth, proclaiming, “Your Savior is come; He’s Christ, the Lord.” The shepherds were told that a sign of this miraculous event would be a baby wrapped in rags, sleeping on a bed of hay. This humble depiction of Christ’s birth emphasizes the contrast between his divinity and his earthly beginnings.
As the shepherds heard this astounding proclamation, the air around them filled with angels. Their voices rang out, “Glory be to God in the highest, And peace on earth to all those He loves.” This heavenly declaration signifies the magnitude of Jesus’ birth and the hope it brings to humanity.
The repetition of the phrase, “Do not be afraid, I’ve good news of great joy,” serves as a reassurance to both the shepherds and listeners. It reminds us that even in our darkest moments, we can find solace in the good news of Christ’s arrival.
“Shepherd’s Watch” beautifully encapsulates the awe, wonder, and joy of the shepherds’ experience. The lyrics, combined with the heartfelt melody, transport both the audience and me back to that unforgettable night. Through this song, Michael Card and Scott Brasher have created a timeless piece that invites us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
In conclusion, I am grateful for stumbling upon this song and for the opportunity to share it with my students. “Shepherd’s Watch” not only entertains, but also serves as a powerful reminder of the profound love and hope that Jesus’ birth signifies. I encourage you to listen to this beautiful piece and let its messages resonate in your heart during this season of celebration and reflection.