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Summary: The Twenty-Third Psalm no doubt is the most universal Scripture known. It has been called the Pearl of the Psalms. It is closely connect with what has just gone before and what follows immediately behind. Psalms 22, 23, 24 all speak of a definite work

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CHRIST, THE SHEPHERD--PSALM 23

Introduction: The Twenty-Third Psalm no doubt is the most universal Scripture known. It has been called the Pearl of the Psalms. It is closely connect with what has just gone before and what follows immediately behind. Psalms 22, 23, 24 all speak of a definite work of Christ. These three show Christ in his work as the Shepherd.

1. In Psalm 22 He is the Good shepherd that gave his life for the Sheep. John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd: the

good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

2. In Psalm 23 He is the Great Shepherd that guides and guards us through life’s mountains and valleys. Hebrews

13:20 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the

sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”

3. In Psalm 24 He is the Glorious (Chief) Shepherd that will return, reign, and reward his sheep. I Peter 5:4 “And

when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

a. In Psalm 22 the Good Shepherd is Crucified for Sinners

In Psalm 23 the Great Shepherd is Caring for the Sheep

In Psalm 24 the Glorious Shepherd is Coming for the Saints

b. A Comparison of the 22, 23, 24 Psalms

Psalms 22 Psalm 23 Psalm 24

Saviour Shepherd Sovereign

Cross Crook Crown

Grace Guidance Glory

Past Present Future

Provision Protection Prospect

Substitute Shepherd Sovereign

Yesterday Today Forever

c. Another Outline of Psalm 22, 23, and 24

1. Psalm 22 - The Shepherd’s Cross

a. He Sought us

b. He Suffered for us

c. He Saved us

d. He Satisfies us

e. He Shelters us

2. Psalm 23 - The Shepherd’s Crook

a. He Girds the Sheep

b. He Guards the Sheep

c. He Guides the Sheep

d. He Goads the Sheep

3. Psalm 24 - The Shepherd’s Crown

a. He Returns for the Sheep

b. He Rewards the Sheep

c. He Reigns over the Sheep

d. Another Outline of Psalm 22, 23, and 24

1. The Saviour on a Cross took care of my Past

2. The Shepherd as Companion takes care of my Present

3. The Soveriegn as Conqueror takes care of my Future

4. The Author of Psalm 23 is David. His autograph is on every verse, on the Human side. He was a shepherd lad

whom God made King of Israel, so he knew whereof he spoke when he wrote about the Shepherd and his sheep.

No doubt David penned this Psalm toward the close of his life as his strength began to fail, his eyes dim, and his

mind wandered back over his past life. It is evident in this Psalm that David had not forgotten his shepherd days.

5. This Psalm has been called the “the sweetest song ever sung”, “The Psalm everybody knows”, “The Song of the

Souls of Men”.

6. Psalm 23 is a harp of six strings (Six Verses) and she’s tuned to play for eternity.

7. The Psalm can be divided into three parts - Vs. 1-2 - The Shepherd

Vs. 3-4 - The Guide

Vs. 5-6 - The Host

8. Great Outline by Harold B. Sightler on Psalm 23

a. Believe Me -- The Lord is my Shepherd

b. Beneath Me -- Are Green Pastures

c. Beside Me -- Are Still Waters

d. Before Me -- He prepares me a Table in the Presence of mine enemies

e. Behind Me -- Goodness and Mercy shall Follow me


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