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Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd

David probably wrote the 23rd Psalm in the last years of his life.

It’s a psalm of someone who has lived much, sinned much, and been greatly forgiven

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate how the opening verse is the main idea of the psalm.

I. David probably wrote the 23rd Psalm in the last years of his life.

God's Loving Care As The Good Shepherd

Sheep often need refreshment, but they draw back from water.

After a long day in the wilderness, sheep are tired and thirsty. They need refreshment.

They may come to a river that has fresh cool water.

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that the things we fear most are often used by the shepherd to refresh us.

I. Sheep often need refreshment, but they draw back from water.

How The Good Shepherd Leads His Sheep

The person who wrote the nursery rhyme "Little Bo-Peep" didn’t know much about sheep.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Dragging their tails behind them.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that God will do anything to bring us back to Himself and to help them understand the nature of the shepherd’s guidance.

The person who wrote the nursery rhyme "Little Bo-Peep" didn’t know much about sheep.

Is The Lord Your Shepherd?

The psalm closes with the promise that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

The word for follow is a military word. It means "they pursue us."

PURPOSE: To help listeners be able to face the future with confidence and hope.

I. The psalm closes with the promise that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

The Truth About God's Provision Part 14

Whether finances are tight, living conditions poor, or our health is failing, we all have one thing in common—struggle is a part of life. But God’s provision comes even in the bleakest moments. It may come in a form you don’t expect, but He provides nonetheless.

The Key To A Life Of Faith Part 29

The Bible often points to Abraham as the prime example of how a person of faith should live. Do you want a vibrant spiritual life?

The Rewards Are Plentiful When We Rely On God's Provision Part 43

In an era of fast food, drive thru ATMs, and cell phones . . . waiting is not a popular pastime. And yet, God often asks us to wait on His timing for things to occur. Whether it’s awaiting the fulfillment of a promise, or anticipating His direction for your life . . . God’s timing is perfect.

When We Trust God's Plan, We Find Hope To Carry Us Through Life Part 44

Jeremiah 29:11 states “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘. . . plans to give you a hope and a future.’ ” This is not an idle promise.

 

There Are Difficulties In Letting Go, Whether Your Child Is In Kindergarten Or College Part 66

It’s difficult to release our children into God’s care, isn’t it? But as parents, that’s what we’re called to do, as we send them off into the world.

Are We Following God Because We Love Him, Or Because Of What He Can Offer In Return? Part 72

What’s your view of God? A cosmic Santa Claus, of sorts? Someone who rewards you for good behavior?

Is God Enough? A Thought-provoking Discussion On This Profound Question Part 73

Now, here’s an honest question. Is God enough? Without the promise of good health, financial security, even the promise of Heaven . . . is God enough?

Do You Feel Like You’ve Got A Long Way To Go In Your Relationship With God? Part 76

When we see God consistently come through for us over time, our trust in Him grows. We aren’t expected to take huge leaps of faith early on . . . instead our faith grows over time.

 

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

At times, we all experience pain. Whether physical, emotional, or spiritual . . . suffering seems to be an inescapable part of life. The story of Drs. Paul and Margaret Brand and how they grappled with the question . . . Why does God allow suffering?

 

Encouragement To Sustain Us Through The Most Troubling Times

Perhaps you’re struggling financially, or your marriage is on shaky ground. For whatever reason, life seems to keep throwing you a curve. Sound familiar? Don’t lose heart!

Encouragement To Take Each Day, And Each Trial, And Put Our Trust In God Once Again

When God proves faithful in meeting our needs, shouldn’t that ensure peace when the next crisis comes along? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case!

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