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A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 15

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

 

‘The scene changes. I am no longer out of doors, but indoors; no longer a sheep in a flock, but a guest at a banquet.’ - John R. W. Stott

 God’s children are His guests because they are His friends.

As the shepherd cares for the needs of his sheep, so the host provides for the needs of his friends.

The constancy and abundant nature of God’s provisions means that God’s people have them in every situation and circumstance.

God’s care cannot be negated or destroyed by these fierce enemies.

It was customary in those days to receive a guest by anointing him with fragrant perfume and with a cup filled with a choice wine.

In this way, the host indicated that nothing was to be considered too good for his guest.

David declares that God’s care surpasses even this. His head had been anointed, and his cup was overflowing. 

God’s goodness is that disposition which causes him actively to seek the wellbeing of his creation. His mercy is that quality that inclines him to relieve misery.

David knew he could count on God’s goodness and mercy every step of the way.

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!

 

Full podcast notes are available at hz.church/podcast

17
Jun

A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 14

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

 

The sheep no longer remains in the field, but now they are in the HOUSE.

(I will dwell in the house of the Lord)

 

1. A Table of Total Acceptance

 

2. A Table of Family

 

Every child of God is in the grip of grace—mighty, unrelenting, stubborn, pursuing grace!

 

God does all of this in the presence of my enemies.

 

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!

Full podcast notes are available at hz.church/podcast 

16
Jun

A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 13

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

 

In v1-4 there is a metaphor of a shepherd caring and protecting his sheep

In v5 there is a dynamic SHIFT, a dynamic CHANGE.

 

Why is there a change in the metaphor?

The metaphor of shepherd and sheep cannot adequately reveal or describe the Lord's plan for us.

 

The sheep no longer remains in the field, but now they are in the HOUSE. (I will dwell in the house of the Lord)

 

Live in your Father’s house in constant freedom of heart. Remember that you are under the same roof as Christ, and are therefore allowed to avail yourself of all his grace and help.

 

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!

11
Jun

A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 12

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 4 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.

 

  • The presence and guidance of the Lord go together. 
  • If you have His presence you have His guidance.
  • If you lack His guidance seek His presence.
  • We cannot have what the shepherd produces without having the shepherd.

The Rod & Staff - 'they comfort me'

  • What is the shepherd’s rod? It is the symbol of his defending power. It is the weapon by which our Shepherd strikes down our adversaries. 
  • What is the staff? a.k.a. the shepherd’s crook, which is often bent or hooked at one end. Beneath it the sheep pass one by one to be numbered. By it the shepherd restrains them from wandering, or hooks them out of holes into which they may fall.

We could say - the rod for defence, the staff for help.

 

"The scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives" - D.L Moody

 

Consider: Does the Word still penetrate your inner most being? Does the Word correct, sharpen and strengthen you?

 

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!

10
Jun

A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 11

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 4 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.

Though I walk THROUGH the valley…

It does not say ‘IF’, it says though. They do come! Dark valleys are UNAVOIDABLE, UNPREDICTABLE & IMPARTIAL.

The greatest, the only real, preservative from fear is the realisation of His presence.

"I will fear no evil: for You are with me"

  • ‘Presence’ in the Old Testament was "GOD FOR US." 
  • In the Gospels it is "GOD WITH US." 
  • In the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles it is "GOD IN US."

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!

9
Jun

A Journey Through Psalm 23 Pt 10

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Verse 4 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.

How old was David when he composed this Psalm?

  • No one knows for sure...
  • Some think he wrote it when he was young; whilst on the run; when he bring the Ark of the Covenant; after an illicit affair or; during the rebellion of Absalom

 

God is faithful and provides for every need, giving enough to share with others.

 

What would a wise man of God who has lived a full life say to us about a dark valley?

  • He offers us a vantage point - a strong position from which you can see something

v4 ""THOUGH I walk through the valley..."

 

If we look at this verse from the vantage point of David’s life experience, we’ve been given a position that affords us a wide, experienced & expansive view.

 

I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!