Summary: The introductory sermon to a series on the titles of Jesus from Isaiah 9:6.

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The Psychiatrist's 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my external-internal integrative mechanism; I shall not be deprived of gratification for my viscerogenic hungers or my need-dispositions.

He motivates me to orient myself toward a non-social object with affective significance.

He positions me in a non-decisional situation.

He maximizes my adjustment.

Although I entertain masochistic and self-destructive id impulses, I will maintain contact with reality, for my superego is dominant.

His analysis and tranquilizers, they comfort me.

He assists in the resolution of my internal conflicts despite my oedipal problem and psychopathic compulsions.

He promotes my group identification.

My personality is totally integrated.

Surely my prestige and status shall be enhanced as a direct function of time,

And I shall remain sociologically, psychologically and economically secure forever.

I don’t even know what half of those words mean but I’ll tell you this, God’s version sound a whole lot better then the world’s version does. “The Lord is my shepherd…” It’s not just that it sounds right but it sounds comforting, tangible, real. That is what God is, and why we celebrate Christmas, because on that dark and lonely night, God came down in the form of a man, in a form we could see, touch and hear to all of our senses He became real.

Over the next few weeks we are going to spend time looking at one section of the writings of the Prophet Isaiah. He wrote 66 chapters that are filled with judgment, justice, love, and redemption. Throughout all of his writings, through the hard times as well as the seasons of peace and prosperity, there is a thread of hope. Some of the most vivid and awe-inspiring words of hope that have ever been produced are found in the pages of Isaiah. His brilliant and encouraging words are set against a backdrop of politically and spiritually unsettling and disastrous times.

But God moved upon Isaiah’s heart and he was able to write about God’s promises because he had his heart and mind fixed on the sovereignty of God rather and on the circumstances of this world. A study of all of his writings in valuable, but for the next few weeks our study is going to be limited to these 6 verses. By the way after that we will be walking line by line through the 23rd Psalm. The focus of this study will be the different titles that are given to the Promised One that Isaiah saw as clearly as if He had already come. Understand what this passage is, this passage could be called a birth announcement. Isaiah is declaring to the whole world and for all time that the Messiah was coming and with awe saying what he would be like. If we could look back with the 20/20 vision of hindsight we would see how clear Isaiah’s vision was, he saw the one who would make things right once and for all. The titles that Isaiah gives us are –Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. I think that anyone who knows Jesus as Lord of their lives would have to agree with me that those titles capture the heart and ministry of our Lord.

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