Summary: The Lord Jesus Christ is our ever abiding Great Shepherd, He cares for His sheep, He supplies our ever need not necessarily our wants, although He some times does that as well.

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This 23' psalm is without a doubt the most famous of all the psalms, even when we were little

kids we were familiar with the 23 psalm, often the teachers in the 1st and 2nd grades would lead the children in reciting the 23rd psalm. It was as familiar to the children as Jn. 3-16 another well known Bible passage.

God has put this 23rd psalm exactly where He wanted it to be in the psalms, the 22nd Psalm is PAST tense and speaks to us of the Good Shepherd.

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

„« He cries out from the cross

Ps.22:1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me and from the words of my roaring?

The 24th psalm is future tense, as we read about "the King of glory" It speaks to us of the Chief Shepherd. 1 Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

But the 23rd Ps. is PRESENT tense and speaks to us of the ever abiding Great Shepherd

Hebrews 13:20-21 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, 21 Make you

perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight

through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

„« Listen as I read the 23rd Psalm

PS.23:1-6 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil- for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou prepares! a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

„« I want us to notice that He is a personal Shepherd;

PS.23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; -

We notice that He is indeed a SHEPHERD, and a shepherd can be the care taker of one or more sheep, a flock of sheep as such as He has, not just one sheep but a flock.

„« There were many who were owners of large flocks:

2 Sam. 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

We that are saved are among His flock and He watches over His sheep, He keeps the wolves from killing His sheep, the wolves will sneak into the flock and scatter the sheep if he gets half a chance, the wolves are always near by and observing the sheep waiting for one to stray aside from the flock and then he'll pounce on that one sheep.

I remember watching the discovery channel and they had a documentary showing the lions yonder in Africa how they hunt for certain animals among a herd, they'll pick out one individual animal, they'll even allow many others to run by, they'll single out a certain animal and pursue it until it is exhausted and then pile on it, as we think about it that is really a sensible way for them to hunt, but they will not take their eyes off the one target they've picked out. And they will also watch for a certain prey that appears to be sick and weak and lags behind, that also becomes a prime target.

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