Summary: What it means to have the Lord as your Shepherd. Message 1 in Series of 4 on the 23rd Psalm
The Lord is My Shepherd
March 26th, 2006 Psalm 23:1
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INTRO: When started this year – Mary Ellen gets insight from the Lord… - focus on Ps 23 – universally known by believers and unbelievers – next 4 weeks – 6 verses – a lot there
ILLUS: Man walking in cold – wind – door opens – out floods light, warmth, laughter of children, music, smells of food being prepared – then closed just as suddenly – continues on but greatly affected – that’s Psalm 23
David – possibly toward end of his life – floods out of him – compacted down into six verses – some powerful truths about God’s care for him throughout his life – some powerful truths for us as well.
1st verse is an assertion – remaining 5 are proofs of the assertion.
1. I Shall Not Want . - Shall not want what?
A. It speaks of Supply.
PS 84:11 …No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
PS 34:9Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
MATT 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
PHIL 4:19And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Needs supplied!
False teachings to kick out the door…
• Means you’ll be wealthy – David, Solomon, Abraham
o Doesn’t explain - Elijah – Jesus – apostles
o Has no correlation to money
• Means you’ll be healthy – part of the atonement
IS 53:5But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
o Healing used figurative many times in scripture…
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
o What was laid on Him? – sickness? – No – Iniquity!
o Apostle Paul had a thorn
o Don’t go the other way – “No healing” – that’s also wrong
EX 15:26 …for I am the LORD, your healer."
o Not on demand or every person or every time – sovereignly heals
• Means You’ll be happy – never hard time
o Elijah, David, Joseph, Abraham, Paul – everyone had hard times
HEB 12:5 "My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
o Hardship is confirmation of sonship – if not chastened – not son!
• It does promise NEEDS will be met
o What are some needs? - food, clothing, shelter – promised by God
o Shall not want for needs
• Deeper – shall not want for another Shepherd!
o Content with His management of my life
o He’s always provided in spite of hard times
B. It speaks of Self-Control.
o Pain of wanting things - frustration
o Contentment – great gain – “be content”
o But wouldn’t you like?… - NO! – feel better if you had?… - NO!
o He’s all I want – I have the Lord – if want more get it from Him!
C. It speaks of Security.
o Confidence – not “I might not want / I hope I won’t want”
o SHALL NOT WANT!
o Nor does it say – “I did not want or do not want” – past, present
o “I shall not want” = future – confident assertion
o More I walk with him – more he reduces my desire for other things
o When close to him – don’t want much else
o Far from Him – caught up in nonsense.
o Coming a day when “I shall not want – because the Lord is my Shepherd!” – “I’m secure in that!”
Oh that God would give us a life of supply, self control, security – it’s all rooted in the – “…My Shepherd”
2. He is My _Shepherd_.
It’s the foundation of the whole Psalm – Shepherd is one of the terms most often used to express how God relates to His people – over 100 times