The Lord Is My Shepherd

Written by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Oct 30, 2016 in - No Comments
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Adam FaughnIntroduction:

A. Scripture often uses the picture of a shepherd and sheep to describe God and His people (John 10; Numbers 27:17; 1 Kings 22:17; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 25:32).
2. But no picture is more beloved that Psalm 23.
3. In this lesson, we want to examine just the first verse to discover five truths about the Lord and our relationship with Him.

Body:

A. Singleness: THE Lord is my Shepherd
1. There is “one Lord” (Ephesians 4:5).
Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:4
2. He is the only One!
B. Sovereign: the LORD is my Shepherd
1. David used the word “Jehovah” instead of the slightly more personal name “Adoni.”
2. Under the skies in creation, David is overwhelmed by the majesty of Jehovah!
3. When we struggle to trust God, we need to remember that He is Jehovah, the all-powerful One. He can handle your problems
C. Sustaining: the Lord IS my Shepherd
1. In the original language, the word “is” does not appear. The presence of God is assumed! (“Jehovah shepherds my” is how the verse literally reads.)
2. He is the “I AM,” who is always present. (see Isaiah 46:8-10)
3. “He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3-4).
D. Shepherd: the Lord is my SHEPHERD
1. “to tend; pasture; ruler; to feed, graze”
2. God works, but God also cares!
3. It is no wonder Jesus states that He is the Good Shepherd! (John 10:10)
a. He loved His sheep.
b. He led His sheep.
c. He looked after their needs.
d. He laid down His life for His sheep.
E. Special: the Lord is MY Shepherd
1. “He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).
2. We bear the very image of our Creator (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
3. As much like sheep as we are, God wants to be near us and be my Shepherd!

Conclusion:

A. Do you know this psalm, or do you know the Shepherd?
B. Is He your Shepherd?

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