6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: This is the 15th sermon in the "Knowing God" series.

Series: Knowing God [#15]


Psalm 23:1


We have been studying Psalm 23 on Wednesday Nights. This morning we are going to study God’s name Jehovah Raah, which means “The LORD is my shepherd.”

The name Jehovah Raah tells us…

1. That God hears you.

Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

God is a…

? Personal God.

Have you ever felt like God was not listening to you? Have you ever felt like God didn’t care? I want to tell you, that God has not gone anywhere. We often feel this way because we have strayed from God’s leadership. We have not humbled ourselves, prayed, sought God’s face, or turned from our wicked ways. Whose fault is that? It’s not God’s it’s yours. See God wants us to allow Him to be our Shepherd and when we do, He will lead us to renewal and revival. God cares. He is a personal God. That is why we can say, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Can you say, “The Lord is my shepherd?”

Psalm 23:2 (NIV)

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

God is a…

? Providing God.

God loves us and provides for His children. Green pastures and quiet waters are the source of food, liquids, and rest. The food He provides us is His Word. The water He provides is the Holy Spirit. The rest is worship and prayer. Not only does God provide for us, but also He provides for us abundantly. Not only does He provide pastures, but green pastures. Not only water, but also quiet waters. Each of us must decide if we will follow God so that He can provide for us.

The name Jehovah Raah tells us…

2. That God will forgive you.

Psalm 23:3 (NIV)

“He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”

? The need.

Because of sin in our life we need to be restored. We need forgiveness. How do you know when you need restoration? You dread spiritual service to God. Your private spiritual life is lacking. You are more interested in worldly matters that spiritual matters. You do not feel like God is working in your life. God wants to restore you. He is faithful to forgive our sins if we will ask Him.

? The path.

When we are clean, God can use us and He will lead us down the right paths. When we are on the right path our lives shine for Jesus. You want revival? Stay on the path of righteousness.

The name Jehovah Raah tells us…

3. That God will heal you.

Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

? Life (Now).

Life is full of difficulties. Life beats us down and makes us want to quit; but God brings us through these difficult times. Notice it says, “I walk”. You must move through the valley, don’t stay there. God will get you through it.

You have nothing to fear because…

? God is in control.

? God has promised us He would take care of us.

? God is with us in power.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV)

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Not only will God get us through, He promises us eternal victory.

? Life (Eternally).

Psalm 23:6 (NIV)

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

The greatest result of revival is the lives that are added to the Kingdom. When revival breaks out, people can see God at work in our lives and that draws them to Jesus Christ. The only way to dwell in the house of the Lord forever is through Jesus Christ.


Is God your Shepherd? If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you are spiritually dead. You cannot be revived, but you can be reborn as a new creation. Christians, if you are not experiencing revival, why not? Remember, we must take care of the “ifs” (humbleness, prayer, seeking God’s face, and turning from our wicked ways) before we can experience the “thens”. How are you doing?

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