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THE LORD IS MY
23 can be broken down into three catagories:
Verse 1- reveals the Lord as my Saviour.
Verses 2&3- reveal the Lord as my Supplier.
Verses 4-7- reveal the Lord as my Security.
Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want".
23:2- "He maketh
me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me".
preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over".
23:6- "Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the
LORD for ever".
Psalms 23:1- My Saviour.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD.
word "My" represents
a personal experience.
It doesn't help if he is someone else's shepherd if you do not know him
as your personal shepherd! You have to make the Lord your Shepherd
before moving on to verse 2 because God will not be your Supplier or
your Security as the remainder of the Psalm reveals until you are His
sheep in a very literal sense. John 10:27- "My sheep hear my voice, and I know
them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life; and they
shall never perish".
23:2- My Supplier.
(A)-He Feeds Us With An Abundance Of Food.
HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN
IN GREEN PASTURES.
The Hebrew word for green is
deh'-sheh which means a ready
of tender grass. It is not just any grass but tender grass which is
representative of what we like to eat. What a great lesson we have here
about our shepherd being the supplier of food for our body as well as
the supplier of other needs. A sheep that is filled and satisfied will
lie down in the grass while digesting his food. What a great picture of
the satisfying and filling of God's word and the comfort of knowing we
are in His care!
3- Psalms 23:2- My
(B)-He Quenches Our Thrist. They that hunger and thirst after
righteousness shall be filled.
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE
THE STILL WATERS.
The Hebrew word
for "Still" is naw-hal' which
means A watering place. God not only supplies our necessary food but he
supplies pools of living waters to
satisfy our thirst. The application here could be physical nurturing as
well as spiritual refreshing.
4- Psalms 23:3- My Security.
(A)-Even When Life is
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL.
The Hebrew word
for restoreth is Shoob and
it means to recover. What a wonderful
thought to know that the Lord is in the recovery business. If a
Christian goes astray God is there to recover his sheep. 1 John 2:1- " My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if and man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous":
We have a picture here
that reminds us of a wrecked automobile that needs to be recovered and
taken to a body shop for restoration after which it is placed back into
If your life is a wreck, God is in the recovery and restoration
business if only you will turn your broken and out of service life over
to Him. Many times a wrecked automobile is totaled out and destroyed
but God never has a case too hard for Him to restore. Give your heart
and your life to
Him today and He will make you a new person!
5- Psalms 23:3- My Security.
(B)-In The Good
HE LEADETH ME IN PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Hebrew word for
leadeth is naw-shab' which
means to govern. The bible teaches us that the steps of a good man are
ordered of the Lord. It is wonderful that we can expect the Lord to
govern our lives if only we will submit our every care to him. You can
not be led by the Lord until you are in submission to him.
Proverbs 3:6- "In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths".
6- Psalms 23:4- My Security.
(C)-During Times Of Trouble.
YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY.
Hebrew word for
valley is gah'-ee which means a narrow gorge
with steep cliff's. I will fear no evil
for thou art with me: All this is
wonderful because it tells us that the Shepherd guides his sheep across the
narrow gorges of life with their steep cliff's and the sheep's life is
protected from a
that would be certain death. It is comforting to know that we need to
have no fear in life as we serve him or in death as he is still with us.
7- Psalms 23:6- My Security.
GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME.
8- Psalms 23:6 My Security.
The Hebrew word
for Goodness is tobe which
means prosperity. The apostle Paul said, I will that ye prosper and be
in good health. God wants his sheep to prosper. The word for mercy is kheh'-sed and means
loving kindness. God shows his sheep this loving kindness each and
day of our lives.
all Eternity. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of
WILL DWELL IN
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER.
Hebrew word for dwell is yaw-shab' and means to inhabit. God's sheep are
going to inhabit the house of the Lord forever. The Hebrew word for
house is bah'-yith and
means temple. God's house is his holy temple and we are going to
inhabit it forever. What a Shepherd we have!
By JAMES TYSON SR.