Summary: This is a study of the beloved pastoral, the 23rd Psalm verse one

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Text: Psalm 23:1 W. Max Alderman

INTRODUCTION: This is a statement that so graciously moves with time and I thank God that it indeed does. Where would those of us who are little dumb sheep be without our dear Shepherd? We will be looking at this beloved pastoral verse by verse, as we glean from it, learning more about both the sheep and the Shepherd. We will begin by describing the Shepherd.


The word Lord speaks of His power, ownership, and His majesty…

A. His Name Denotes How Powerful He Is:

“Lord” is the regular word for JEHOVAH and is the primary name for God in the Old Testament. According to Thomas Newberry the name JEHOVAH combines the three tenses of the Hebrew verb “to be”. Notice how this is so:

1. Yehi: Means “He will be” It is in the future tense as described in Psalms 24 when it refers to the Chief Shepherd who is coming for His sheep.

2. Hove: Means “being” It is in the present tense as described in Psalm 23 when it refers to the Great Shepherd caring for His sheep. All of the verbs are in the present tense in Psalm 23.

3. Hahyah: Means “he was” It in the past tense as described in Psalm 22, when it refers to the Good Shepherd crucified for His sheep.

When you take the first three letters of Yehi: (Yeh); the middle 2 letters of Hove (ov), and the last 2 letters of Hahyah (Ah), we then have the compound (Ye-ov-ah) or Jehovah.

B. His Nature Declares How Powerful He Is:

1. The power seen in His omnipotence

2. The power seen in His omnipresence

3. The power seen in His omniscience

4. The power seen in His holiness

5. The power seen in His love

6. The power seen in His faithfulness

7. The power as seen in His mercy


A. He is Personally Investing In His Sheep “thou prepares a table before me”

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

B. He is Personally Interested In His Sheep “for thou art with me”

John 10:13 “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

C. He is Personally Involved With His Sheep “he maketh me to lie down”

D. He is Personally Inspecting His Sheep “thou anointest my head”

E. He is Personally Inspiring His Sheep “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

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