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Summary: What a shepherd we have in Jesus! He is a personal shepherd, a providing shepherd, a protecting shepherd and a preparing shepherd.

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Psalm 23: 1-6

I. A PERSONAL SHEPHERD v.1

A. “The Lord”

B. “my shepherd”

C. “I shall not want”

II. A PROVIDING SHEPHERD v. 2

A. “green pastures” is a picture of abundance

B. “still waters” is a picture of calmness, serenity, peacefulness

III. A PROTECTING SHEPHERD v. 3 & 4

A. He protects His sheep from the fires (hell) “He restoreth my soul”

B. He protects His sheep from wrong paths “paths of righteousness”

C. He protects His sheep form evil “I will fear no evil”

D. He protects His sheep from themselves “thy rod and staff comfort me”

V. A PREPARING SHEPHERD v. 5

A. Peace in the midst of troubles “Thou prepares a table for me in the midst of mine enemies”

1. David said he didn’t have to run from the enemies; he could set down to supper.

2. He didn’t have to worry about his needs; God met all his needs

B. to show kindness “thou anointest my head with oil”

1. A sign of favor

2. A sign of friendship

C. Abundant blessings “my cup runneth over”

1. To show goodness

2. To share

3. To show provision


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