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The Sheep’s Shepherd

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An expository sermon from Psalm 23.

An expository sermon from Psalm 23.

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  • The word comforted my wounded heart and gave me reassurance that GOD will lead us in the valley of death. Thank you Justin for a great presentation ! God Bless you !
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  • 1. The Sheep’s Shepherd Psalm 23
  • 2. Shepherds have long cared greatly about their sheep.
  • 3.  “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him” (1 Sm 17:34-35, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 4.  1 Sm 17:34-35.  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them” (Jn 10:11-12, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 5. David presents God as the quot;SHEEP'S SHEPHERD.quot;
  • 6. The Sheep’s Shepherd Psalm 23
  • 7. This is a favorite text of many.
  • 8.  This passage speaks quite personally of God. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 9.  This passage speaks quite personally of God.  “The LORD is my shepherd” (v 1, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 10.  This passage speaks quite personally of God.  “The LORD is my shepherd” (v 1, ESV).  It‟s not just that he‟s everyone else‟s shepherd; he is my shepherd. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 11.  THE SHEPHERD PROVIDES.  THE SHEPHERD POINTS.  THE SHEPHERD PROTECTS. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 12. The Shepherd Provides vv 1-2
  • 13.  “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 14.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 15.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 16.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 17.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures.  These green pastures would provide the sheep‟s needs so that they wouldn‟t need to be moved. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 18.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures.  These green pastures would provide the sheep‟s needs so that they wouldn‟t need to be moved.  In the summer & fall, sheep would need to be moved around to find food. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 19.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures.  David would be led beside still waters. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 20.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures.  David would be led beside still waters.  These are wells & springs where sheep can drink without being rushed. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 21.  The LORD, as David‟s shepherd, provides.  Therefore, there was nothing that David would need.  David would lie down in green pastures.  David would be led beside still waters.  These are wells & springs where sheep can drink without being rushed.  David says that he can take his time & drink as much as he needs/wants. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 22. The picture is that God would provide David’s needs.
  • 23. The picture is that God would provide David’s needs. God will also provide our needs.
  • 24.  God has a long history of providing for his people. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 25.  God has a long history of providing for his people.  “Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing” (Neh 9:21, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 26.  God has a long history of providing for his people.  “Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing” (Neh 9:21, ESV).  “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” (Ps 37:25, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 27.  God has a long history of providing for his people.  God also provides for us. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 28.  God has a long history of providing for his people.  God also provides for us.  “Do not be anxious, saying, „What shall we eat?‟ or „What shall we drink?‟ or „What shall we wear?‟ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt 6:31-33, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 29.  God has a long history of providing for his people.  God also provides for us.  “Do not be anxious, saying, „What shall we eat?‟ or „What shall we drink?‟ or „What shall we wear?‟ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt 6:31-33, ESV).  It is God “who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food” (2 Cor 9:10, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 30. The idea is that God will provide the needs of his people.
  • 31. God also provides spiritual blessings.
  • 32.  It‟s difficult to separate the spiritual & the physical in this passage. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 33.  It‟s difficult to separate the spiritual & the physical in this passage.  It‟s possible, therefore, that David speaks of spiritual, not physical, blessings. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 34.  It‟s difficult to separate the spiritual & the physical in this passage.  It‟s possible, therefore, that David speaks of spiritual, not physical, blessings.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 35.  It‟s difficult to separate the spiritual & the physical in this passage.  It‟s possible, therefore, that David speaks of spiritual, not physical, blessings.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3, ESV).  With our spiritual blessings, we may boldly say, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 36. The Shepherd Points v3
  • 37.  “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name‟s sake” (v 3, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 38.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 39.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (Jn 10:3-4, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 40.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 41.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 42.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.”  God would do so “for his name‟s sake”—because of who God is. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 43.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.”  God would do so “for his name‟s sake”—because of who God is.  God‟s very character requires that he leads us in right paths. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 44.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.”  God would do so “for his name‟s sake”—because of who God is.  God‟s very character requires that he leads us in right paths.  “He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep” (Jn 10:13, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 45.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.”  God would do so “for his name‟s sake”—because of who God is.  God‟s very character requires that he leads us in right paths.  “He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep” (Jn 10:13, ESV).  The hireling flees “for his name‟s sake.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 46.  As a shepherd, the LORD would lead David.  Jn 10:3-4.  David would be led in “paths of righteousness”—the idea of “paths of righteousness” are “right (i.e., correct) paths.”  God would do so “for his name‟s sake”—because of who God is.  God‟s very character requires that he leads us in right paths.  “He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep” (Jn 10:13, ESV).  The hireling flees “for his name‟s sake.”  It‟s who the hireling is. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 47. God shall lead us also.
  • 48.  Man cannot lead himself. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 49.  Man cannot lead himself: “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 50.  Man cannot lead himself: “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23, ESV).  God leads us through the words of Scripture. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 51.  Man cannot lead himself: “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23, ESV).  God leads us through the words of Scripture.  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word” (Jer 10:23, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 52.  Man cannot lead himself: “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23, ESV).  God leads us through the words of Scripture.  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word” (Jer 10:23, ESV).  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119:105, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 53. The Shepherd Protects v4
  • 54.  “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (v 4, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 55.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 56.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 57.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  This would be the darkest part of the journey. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 58.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  This would be the darkest part of the journey.  Shepherds often led their sheep through dark valleys. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 59.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  David had no reason to fear, for God was with him. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 60.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  David had no reason to fear, for God was with him.  God‟s rod & staff would comfort David. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 61.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  David had no reason to fear, for God was with him.  God‟s rod & staff would comfort David.  The rod was used by shepherds to protect the sheep from wild animals. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 62.  As a shepherd, the LORD would protect David.  Even walking through the “valley of the shadow of death,” David would not be afraid.  David had no reason to fear, for God was with him.  God‟s rod & staff would comfort David.  The rod was used by shepherds to protect the sheep from wild animals.  The staff was used to keep the sheep together, to keep them from getting lost. The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 63.  God will also protect us through the “valley of the shadow of death.” The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 64.  God will also protect us through the “valley of the shadow of death.”  “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 65.  God will also protect us through the “valley of the shadow of death.”  Ps 116:15.  “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb 2:14-15, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 66.  God will also protect us through the “valley of the shadow of death.”  Ps 116:15.  Heb 2:14-15.  “„Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.‟ „Blessed indeed,‟ says the Spirit, „that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!‟” (Rev 14:13, ESV). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 67.  Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd because he gave up his life for the sheep (Jn 10:11). The Sheep’s Shepherd
  • 68.  Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd because he gave up his life for the sheep (Jn 10:11).  Will you give up your life to the Good Shepherd? The Sheep’s Shepherd

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