Listen in as we look into Psalm 23:6 and see what it teaches us about our security in Christ, both for this life and the next. In Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, we have security in 1) our gospel pursuers, and 2) our eternal dwelling.
Psalm 23: The LORD, Our Shepherd
In Psalm 23:5 we see the metaphor shift from a shepherd and his sheep to a feast provided by a generous host. Our Shepherd is our Host who has prepares a table for us, joyously receives us at His table, and cherishes and keeps us at His table. Listen in as we seek to draw out the encouragement that is here for us as followers of Jesus Christ.
We look into Psalm 23:4 and see that we grow in walking through the darkness without fear as we grow in knowing our Shepherd’s presence with us and His purpose for us in Christ. “It is not until we have walked with him through some very deep troubles that we discover that he can lead us too find our refreshment in him right there in the midst of our difficulty.” – Phillip Keller
This year’s Christmas message was preached by Kevin Kelley. Listen in as he explains that Jesus was Savior, Christ, and Lord at his birth. “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:10-12
In this sermon we look at the second half of Psalm 23:3 and discuss what is means that Jesus leads us in paths of righteousness for his name sake. We see that we have the best leader who leads us in the best direction for the best reason! Read Psalm 23:1-6 again and listen in.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
This quote is taken from the 4th verse of the hymn Come Thou Fount. We are all prone to wander, and we all are in constant need of the Lord to restore our souls. Listen in as we discuss the wonderful news that the Lord restores our souls (Psalm 23:1-6; Psalm 23:3).
“When the soul grows sorrowful he revives it; when it is sinful he sanctifies it; when it is weak he strengthens it. ‘He’ does it. His ministers could not do it if he did not. His Word would not avail by itself. ‘He restoreth my soul.’ Are any of us low in grace? Do we feel that our spirituality is at its lowest ebb? He who turns the ebb into the flood can soon restore our soul. Pray to him, then, for the blessing—‘Restore thou me, thou Shepherd of my soul!’”
What we all need is someone to lead us to true rest and satisfaction that does not depend on our every day circumstances. Our text for this sermon tells us that this is exactly what we have in our Good Shepherd – One who loves us & leads us to true satisfaction & rest in Him! Listen in as we discuss how the shepherd/sheep relationship pictures our intimate relationship with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Primary text: Psalm 23:2. See also Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 19:7-10; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. ~ John Piper
Psalm 23:1b says, “I shall not want.” What does it mean to “not want”? Does it mean I will always have everything I want? In this sermon we examine this promise in light of God faithfulness to us His children. The key to having the joy, peace, rest of soul … that we all long for is found in knowing that our loving, faithful Shepherd promises us that we will always have everything we truly need to enjoy Him. What ever I have today, if Jesus is my Shepherd, I have everything I need to live with joy and glorify and enjoy Him!