Lessons From The Psalms Pt 1 – Kerrin Wallis [05/08/2018 AM]
The Great Shepherd
Ps 23: 1-6 (NKJV)
23 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.
4 Yea, 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.
5 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
Theme of Message
The Lord is the Great Shepherd of His People
Ps 23:1 (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
God is the Great Shepherd – not a Lawyer or Professor/Police Officer/Barista/Travel Agent
- In David’s time there were giants to be stoned and killed.
- Today it is not appropriate to call people giants and to be stoned is to be high on drugs.
- Disney is fair and makes you feel good – but life is not fair.
- Sheep stations are much larger now and run huge amounts of sheep. They don’t count their sheep every night.
- Kerrin was on a Sheep station that had a sheep called Polly. She thought she was a cow and stayed with the cows and not the sheep. She didn’t belong there.
- A Middle Eastern shepherd was much different to now – he counted the sheep every night.
- A shepherd in Lebanon didn’t need to count his sheep he just felt their presence and knew if any were missing.
- Another shepherd could feel the sheep’s faces in the dark and match their lambs when they were parted. He knew them so well.
- God intimately knows us. He understands us. He has a personal connection to us. He is concerned and interested in us. He knows us. He knows everything about us.
- He has to be YOUR Shepherd. We MUST be HIS sheep and KNOW and TRUST HIM.
- We must be willing to be His sheep.
- You can only be His sheep if you know the Shepherd and understand His protection.
- Is the Shepherd unconcerned and uncaring? Some people believe that he is.
- But He is not a hireling – hirelings care for larger groups of sheep but they won’t give their lives for the sheep or care for them properly.
- God is the Good and Great Shepherd. He cares. He knows where to find His lost sheep.
- Jesus gave His life to find us.
- In David’s time shepherds risked their lives to find the lost sheep. They had to contend with lions, bears and wolves in the wilderness to find their sheep and bring them back to the fold.
- In Australia we just have foxes, feral cats and feral dogs.
Ps 23:2a (NKJV)
2a He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
- Kerrin loves green grass – especially freshly mown green grass.
- God made us to lie in green pastures – not scrounge in the dust.
- When it is dry we have dust and when it is wet we have mud.
- God’s plan is not for hardship, anger or hardness.
- Believe that God brings green pastures into your life, not thistles (prickly people), prickles, burrs and hard times.
- Don’t lie down in them – be soft and pliable.
- If you don’t like how things are – change it! You are not a tree. Jim Rohn (American businessman)
- RA’AH means Shepherd in Hebrew. It is a verb which is an action word.
- God leads you into safety and provision in active green pastures.
- Not comfortable and easy
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners.
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Nehemiah 2:20 (NKJV)
20 So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us;
John 10:10 (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
- God doesn’t ration the angels
- He gives riches, joy, favour and prosperity.
Our God is a Shepherd who leads – not a dictator who drives.
- He leads and guides you with His voice.
- The devil is a driver/possessor/oppressor.
- God is strong and chooses to apply His strength. He is depicted as a Dove – a gentle leading God.
- He leads with great power and might.
- He gives you a choice.
Psalm 23:2b (NKJV)
2b He leads me beside the still waters.
- Living water – rivers.
- Not a dam or a pond.
- Kerrin spent lots of time in the bush and only drank water from running water.
- We require water for life. Fresh, flowing, clean, running water.
- STILL waters – not rushing about.
- Rest in God – restful, peaceful.
- We don’t earn God’s favour, it isn’t like a credit system, we can’t add to it.
- Trust in what Jesus did on the Cross because the work has been done.
- God loves you as you are.
- Salvation – works or faith, let this not be a trick – works are not the way to salvation
Hebrews 4:3 (NKJV)
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest
- We don’t have to strive. God promises us restful water.
- The Psalm is about the Shepherd – it describes the Shepherd. It is not about us.
- God loved you when you were broken, He loved you when didn’t know him, he loves you now, and you can rest knowing he loves you.
- Joshua 1:8
- Not a behaviour modification program.
- He has a purpose and a plan for you.
- Choose to be a sheep in His flock.
- Hear His voice and come home.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- Is God your Shepherd?
- Is Psalm 23 about us?
- Does God know you intimately?
- Do we have to work hard for God?