See John 10:27-28: The Shepherd is our constant companion in life and through death into eternity. But I know the Shepherd! Psalm 23 is David historically speaking about his relationship with the Lord, and pictures the relationship of the Christian who's got into the right fold. David tells us what he would ask. God's people in the Old Testament found food and sustenance for 40 years in waste and wilderness. Goodness takes care of my steps and mercy takes care of my stumbles.
Only when their stomachs are full will they find a quiet place and lie down. Think of the times when the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus prepared the table. It connects yesterday and today and tomorrow. And, He provides a place of rest, peace and safety from them today, Heb. If I was rotten and living like the devil as much as you are, I guess I'd get upset too! For Thou art with me That's Faithfulness! I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. On that day, those who have been washed in His blood and saved by His grace will reign with Him, 1 Thes. The glutton who craves food makes eating his god.
Fact: Our experience with God can never be vital until it is personal. The shepherd would go ahead from time to time to seek out and prepare safe feeding places. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies That's Hope! It is those times when the enemy comes to us and mocks us and to question our determination to follow the Lord. Jehovah-Tsidkenu The Lord our Righteousness He leadeth me in paths of righteousness. You've noticed it too, haven't you? Lesson: The rod and the staff in all four applications brought comfort to the sheep. Many animals seem to have inborn compasses - not so with sheep. Jehovah Jireh - The Lord My Provider Verse 6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
When you step into your valley, and it's so dark you can't even see the path ahead, and you the possibility that there are predators and enemies laying in wait for you, your Shepherd has something He wants you to hear: I will be with you. They are dumb, and innocent creatures incapable of defending themselves. Trust that He knows the way through this valley and will see you safely through. It pictures the shepherd's power, wielded against overpowering enemies. As we move through this life, the Lord takes many opportunities to anoint us with the oil of His grace. Satan has no old happy people.
Only if we walk in paths of righteousness can we uphold the reputation of the Good Shepherd. There is something about knowing that He is going to see me through this life and usher me into that glorious, eternal, sinless life in Heaven that just stirs my heart! Jehovah-Nissi The Lord our banner Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. The Bible says God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16. God's house draws us home v. He was being pursued by King Saul who was trying to kill him.
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me That's Discipline! By the circumcision of the Holy Spirit your soul was cut loose from your body when you got saved, and married to Christ Romans 7:1-4. There is no soul sleep. This might generate the impression that God is selfishly concerned about his own name. A sheep without a shepherd is in a very insecure position. He leads us in paths of righteousness for our sake and for His name's sake.
Anchors for life's storms Acts 27:14-26 In the midst of the storms of life God will give us the needed tools to weather and prevail. In the first three verses, David talks to us about Him. A shepherd's life also required him to spend a great deal of time alone out in the countryside. What was unnerving for Kenneth was that, as the youngest, he had to go to bed first, braving that floor of dark bedrooms. With Him near, there is nothing to fear! Sometimes he would read me a story, but inevitably the time would come when he would turn out the light and shut the door, and I would hear his steps on the stairs, growing fainter and fainter. Thank God for the times when He fills our cup! Note: Respect - Restoration - Righteousness - Reputation Conclusion: The Good Shepherd ministers to His sheep in such an excellent and majestic way that His sheep cannot help but give their love back to Him.
And in verse 6 we have a happy eternity. Now that shepherd's staff is something else; that's for comfort and for guiding, and for pulling the sheep back into the way, and for getting the sheep out of places where he can't reach him with his hand. Then we get to v. In these verses, David tells us that there is plenty to get excited about when it comes to our Lord and His goodness in our lives. They that make them are like unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them. Saul was pursuing him and trying to kill him.
Hebrews chapter 2, verses 14 and 15. No church can save a dead horse. Discover how these important values apply to every single person, every married couple, and every family regardless of size or makeup. Instinctively sheep know this, so they will not go near swiftly running water. God wants you to follow Him through the paths of righteousness which end in eternal life. Once again the new testament bears witness to His divine provision because in Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus advises us not to feel anxious about our needs and assures that God will provide.
His death is the event which made it possible for us to be saved, Rev. If you do, then you can sing, with David, The Song Of The Great Shepherd. Only children of God dwell in the house of God , Gal. Fullness of blessings refresh the soul of those dedicated to God. Just a reminder, if you know Jesus, then you have eternal life right now! When we visit Jerusalem, we were able to travel on the narrow road that was cut through this valley.