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The Lord is My Shepherd - What More Shall I Want?

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Sermon shared by Ken Harris

September 2010
Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the Great Shepherd cares for his sheep so much that he supplies their heart's desires.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
Sermon:


U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris, Jr.
Comanche Chapel
Memorial Ceremony for Private First Class – Diego Miguel Montoya
Fort Hood, TX
14 September 2010

Big Idea: We should demonstrate our love for PFC Diego Miguel Montoya through our reflections, and honor, of his life as a MP Soldier; and reminding all that the Great Shepherd supplies our heart's desires.
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References: Three familiar and beloved psalms that present God as Shepherd: Psalms 22 pictures the Good Shepherd dying for the sheep; Psalm 23 pictures the Great Shepherd caring for the sheep; and Psalm 24 pictures the Chief Shepherd coming for his sheep.


I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Psalm 23:1 (ESV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. .

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that the Great Shepherd cares for his sheep so much that he supplies their heart's desires.

V. SERMONIC THEME: "The Lord is My Shepherd – What More Shall I Want?

VI. INTRODUCTION:

Psalm 23 pictures the Great Shepherd CARING for His Sheep.

In fact, the first verse of Psalm 23 is also it’s theme … which says: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Recently I came across a story of child mistakenly interpreting the First Verse of our Shepherd’s Psalm which reads, “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.”

According to the writer the child misquoted the Psalm and said: “The Lord is My Shepherd - What More Shall I Want?”


“The Lord is My Shepherd – What More Shall I Want?”

******* TAKE 5 BEATS *******

MOVE 1: Our Scripture Reading today reminds us all … that we’re never alone.

a. It doesn’t matter where we are deployed in this world;

b. be it Iraq or Afghanistan, we are never alone.

c. The Great Shepherd who loves and CARES for His Army Sheep is always with us.

******* TAKE 5 BEATS *******

MOVE 2: As a result, “ We Shall Not Want”.

a. We Shall Not Want for Rest and Refreshment.

b. We Shall Not Want for Restoration and Righteousness.

c. We Shall Not Want for Protection in Trouble … or for Provision in the Wilderness of
Afghanistan or Iraq.

d. And at the end of the Day or this life’s journey; We shall not want for a Home to go to …

e. We Shall Not Want!

******* TAKE 5 BEATS *******

MOVE 3: Perhaps, these Metaphorical Words of the Psalmist … have caused some of us … to picture – within the rudiments of our minds the Middle-Eastern Shepherd and his flock.

a. Research tells us that a Middle-Eastern Shepherd knows each of his Sheep by name.

b. For don’t you remember in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Shepherd goes before the sheep and makes sure they are not walking into danger.

c. The sheep never need worry when he follows
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