Summary: The Secret Of The Psalm.
Psalm 23 The Secret Of The Psalm.
1. The Worship Here - The LORD.
(a) The Sovereign One. - The LORD Rev 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
(b) The Seeing One. - Isaiah 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
(c) The Seeking One. - Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(d) The Saving One - Matt 1:21 for he shall save his people from their sins.
(e) The Searching One - Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
(f) The Sentencing One - Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
2. The Witness Here - is my shepherd;
(a) A Present Witness "Is" NOT was or will be.
He Is Presently - means A Revelation, A Recognition, A Reconciliation, A Regeneration,
(b) A Personal Witness "My" NOT My Fathers, My Mothers, My Brothers - MINE
notice the pronouns that David did NOT use: “a” shepherd – one of many shepherds,
“the” shepherd – the absolute one, but not personal, “our” – not as personal
as hard as it is to believe, God the Almighty, Creator God is MY Shepherd
Mine! Mine! Mine!, I know Thou art mine; Saviour, dear Saviour, I know Thou art mine.
Welsh shepherd boy - found holding his forth finger - "My" Shepherd.
(c) A Proper Witness "Shepherd"
Jesus is a personal Shepherd. - David wrote: “The LORD is my shepherd”
a providing Shepherd. - “ I shall not want.”
A good shepherd will do what's best for his sheep - Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Psalm 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
a pardoning Shepherd. “He restoreth my soul” (Ps. 23:3).
a protecting Shepherd. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
a preparing Shepherd.
a prepared provision 5 Thou preparest a table before me
a prepared peace thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
a prepared place 6 and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Death is not the end but, rather, a beginning.
3. The Wonder Here - "my shepherd"
Twas most impossible of all, That here sin’s reign in me should cease;
Yet shall it be, I know it shall; Jesus, I trust Thy faithfulness.
If nothing is too hard for Thee, All things are possible to me.
It has been said that there will be three things which will surprise us in heaven-- 1. to find many there that we did not expect to find there; 2. to find some not there whom we had expected; 3. and perhaps the greatest wonder, will be to find ourselves there.
Jesus, my Saviour, to Bethlehem came, born in a manger to sorrow and shame;
O it was wonderful, blest be His name, Seeking for me, for me:
Seeking for me, for me, Seeking for me, for me;
O it was wonderful, blest be His name, Seeking for me, for me.
4. The Wealth Here - I shall not want. I shall not lack.
Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own. With me, "the Lord." Beneath me, "green pastures." Beside me, "still waters." Before me, "a table." Around me, "mine enemies." After me, "goodness and mercy."