Pastor Doug’s Sermon, July 14, 2013

LFF Screen ShotThe following are the notes for Pastor Doug’s sermon, given on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
Psalm 23

We live in an ever changing, difficult, turbulent world. It
Seems that nothing is the same as it once was and is not
only getting worse but much worse!

Where is that peace, stability, security, sufficiency and true
deliverance that is needed not only to survive but thrive in
this world we live in?

Psalm 23—The Great Shepherd cares for His sheep and
equips us to stand “well” in the midst of life’s storms and
problems

Ps. 22—The Good Shepherd dies for His sheep
Ps. 23—The Great Shepherd loves and cares for His sheep
Ps. 24—The Chief Shepherd returns in glory for His sheep

Ps. 23, is used primarily at funerals to bring comfort, hope
but it is much more, it is a Psalm which focuses on what
Jesus does for us all the days of our life, not just at death

Ps. 23, probably written not when David was a young boy
but when he was dealing with the rebellion of his son
Absolom.

Sheep are defenseless animals, get lost, constant care.
They must be led—not driven! Shepherd knew them by
name!

David shares in this great Psalm “If we follow the Lord
and trust Him, He will meet our every need, no matter the
circumstances.

1. Vs. 1-3, “In the Pasture—Sufficiency

The LORD—Jehovah God—Ps. 9:10, Pr. 18:10 “Those
Who know——“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower”

Compound—Personal name of Jehovah!
“I shall not want” Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide
“Still waters” Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our peace
“Restores my soul” Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord who heals
“Paths of righteousness” Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our “R”
“You are with me” Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there
“Presence of my enemies” Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our banner
“Anoint my head” Jehovah-MKaddesh, The Lord who sanctifies

Eastern Shepherd—Guarded, Led, Provided food/water, Cared
for weak, sick, bruised, cut—he rescued them from danger.

Our Lord called believers “My sheep” because He died for them
1-3—Jesus is adequate for every need—Sufficiency, Peace,
Stability/Security, Deliverance

2. Vs. 4, He is our Peace

Not just physical death, but any difficult circumstances we face
He is not before us—but beside us, leading the way, calming
Fears.

Rod—Heavy club like instrument—stun, kill wild animals
Staff—Used to assist the individual sheep

It gave the flock “peace” knowing that the shepherd was there
Protecting—Providing for

Jesus is “Immanuel” God with us—“We may have many and
varied experiences, some will be very trying, but none of them
can take the Lord by surprise. We may trust Him and have “P”

+ The closer we are to our Shepherd, the safer we are and the
more His peace will fill our hearts.”

3. Vs. 5, He is our Stability & Security

Table—doesn’t necessarily mean piece of furniture—places
In the hill country—flat land—allowed them to eat, rest

Wall of rocks—one entrance—Shepherd Himself would sleep
+The Lord doesn’t always remove the dangers from our lives,
but He does help us to overcome them and not be paralyzed by
fear.

Every night—examine the sheep—bruises—injure, any needs
Oil—keep flies, other insects away. They were safe—Secure
Stable in His care!

4. Vs. 6, Deliverance

The Lord blessed them with goodness and lovingkindness
all their days.

David—looked back over his life, imperfect as he was, in
spite of his sins and failures, he had been followed by God’s
Goodness and lovingkindness….

Surely—means Only—Jesus used this vocabulary—Jn 14:
1-6

The things that perplex and disturb us today, will all be
very clear when we get to heaven. We will look back and
only see goodness and lovingkindness!

In the Old Covenant-way of dealing—sheep died for shep..
In the New C.-way of dealing Shepherd died for the sheep

Gospel—God will wipe away every tear from their eyes

He & He alone is our Sufficiency—Peace—Stability—
Security & Deliverance

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