Summary: This sermon demonstrates how Psalm 23 brings God’s children comfort through its words.

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Have you ever listened to a song that was comforting to you? This was a song that gave you relief in affliction, a song that brought you to a state of ease and satisfaction. It was a song that consoled you and brought you reassurance that everything would be alright. It was a comforting song that made you turn up the volume, because as you listened to the lyrics, you felt supported and encouraged. This song gave you moral and emotional strength and a feeling of freedom from worry and disappointment.

Some of us hadn’t always been in the church, and so we found comfort in some songs of the world. What worldly song was it that comforted you? Let me start with the older people and work my way down. Was it “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You,” by Marvin Gaye, which assured that woman, that she was the only woman in his world? Was it “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me),” by Johnnie Taylor, where he eased his woman’s mind by letting her know, that although everybody wants to see us apart, we’re going to stay together because I believe in and you believe in me.

If you’re around my age maybe it was “Forever My Lady,” by Jodeci, where his woman found comfort in knowing that he would never leave her no matter what situations they would face. And young people with all the crazy lyrics ya’ll listen to I don’t even know what song would give ya’ll comfort, maybe “Umbrella,” by Rhianna and Chris Brown where they assure one another that they can stand under each other’s umbrella.

But there isn’t a comforting song that can compare to those songs whose lyrics are inspired by God that comforts a child of God. What about “Blessed Assurance,” a comforting song that assures a believer that Jesus is theirs, and in Him you can have a foretaste of glory divine. What about “Amazing Grace,” a song that puts you in a state of ease because you once were lost, but now you’re found, was blind, but because of God’s amazing grace, now you see.

• It’s through musical writers and artist that God inspires to give a word to those that need comforting and it is through those lyrics that we receive relief in affliction, encouragement, strength, support, and reassurance that everything will be alright. In other words when God inspires someone with words of comfort, they’re actually words from God. Paul told Timothy that all Scriptures are given by inspiration of God, and it is in our text that God inspires David to write a comforting song.


We know David, this is the David we were taught about in Sunday School who stood up against Goliath, and with one smooth stone from his sling, he killed Goliath and caused the Philistine army to flee. This is the David who was the youngest son of Jesse, who was out tending to sheep when Samuel called for him, and anointed him to be the next King of Israel. This is the same David, who had made many mistakes in his life, but yet he walked with God in such a way that God called him a man after His own heart.

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