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Psalm 23
Our Great Shepherd
Published August 29th, 2017
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Main point summary
Psalm 23:1-6**
Main point summary
Psalm 23
Psalm 23:1-6**
Psalms 23:1-6
The Lord is my d shepherd;
God is my provider and protector
I shall not e want.
therefore I am never without something I think I need
He makes me lie down in green f pastures.
He gives me rest in the abundance of his provision
He leads me beside still waters. 1
and He calms the storms of chaos and brings peace
He g restores my soul.
and He raises me up when I'm brought low and am weary, tired and hopeless
He h leads me in i paths of righteousness 1
and He instructs me and leads me in doing what is right
for his j name’s sake.
for the purpose of glorifying his name
Even though I k walk through the valley of l the shadow of death, 1
Even though this world is filled with struggles, even looming death
I will m fear no evil,
[in spite of that] I will not fear
for n you are with me;
because you are will me
your o rod and your staff, they comfort me.
That is, as me present shepherd, you guard over me, protect me and direct me
You p prepare a table before me in q the presence of my enemies;
You exalt me over my enemies and vindicate me
you r anoint my head with oil;
Even more.. you honor me at your banquet table
my s cup overflows.
And even more than that, you give me even more than I deserve or can contain; your blessings are abundantly more than I can enjoy. You fill me with good wine.
Surely 1 goodness and mercy 2 shall follow me all the days of my life,
In light of everything above , I am confident that the shepherd's goodness and mercy will always be with me, even in death...
and I shall t dwell 3 in the house of the Lord u forever. 4
therefore I will be with God forever.
The Psalms are some of the most beloved portions of Scripture. They speak to our hearts in unusual and supernatural ways. For many believers, the Psalms meet us in own joy, heartache, frustration and fear in ways that other portions of Scripture do not. And of the Psalms, none perhaps, does this more than Psalm 23. Psalm 23 is well know, well loved and rightly cherished. But have you considered the main idea of the Psalm? Have you ever asked yourself, "What is this Psalm really about and why do I love it so?". Few things give us more comfort than a provider and a protector, especially when that provider and protector is God, who is able to do all things! That's the message of Psalm 23. God is described as a shepherd. While the job description of a shepherd may be something that most of us are unfamiliar with it doesn't take very much digging through this Psalm to see the abundant ways that God is our shepherd and why this Psalm is a comfort to so many. Our Shepherd provides us rest and provision (v. 2a). He calms the storms of our life or provides peach within the midst of a storm (v. 2b). He even lifts us up from our sorrow, weariness and hopelessness (v. 3a). As a good shepherd, he leads us on the right path for our joy, protection and provision and for his glory. The pastures of life are filled with dangers of all sorts - evils that would devour sheep if provided the opportunity. But our Great Shepherd is our protector, even in the face of death. We have no reason to fear with such a good Shepherd in our midst. And if all of that wasn't enough, another great comfort is offered to us - vindication. But not a vindication that is won or earned by us. This vindication is supplied by God Himself. He prepares a table before us before our enemies. He anoints our head with oil. He causes our cup to overflow. With such a Shepherd, who can deny the goodness that will accompany us? And the One who is both our Goodness and our Company forever and ever.
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