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The LORD Our Shepherd
Bible Passage Psalm 23
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Psalm.

The LORD Our Shepherd

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 19, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 A Psalm of David. 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 for 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 shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

BACKGROUND
Though the specific time Psalm 23 was written is not emphatically known, there’s no doubt that David authored it. Perhaps it was when his son Absalom tried to become king and David ran away. He went down to the River Jordan and crossed it by the ford called Jabbok and went on to Gilead. There he met Barzillai.

Barzillai was a shepherd. Barzillai gave David food and shelter. All this made David think. God was like a shepherd. God was like a guide. God was a good friend. David put these ideas into Psalm 23.

Psalm 23 is arguably the commonest scripture in the Bible. Many people know this psalm better than they know any other psalm. This is because Jesus said that he was the shepherd in the psalm. If we believe in Jesus, we become one of His sheep. We can say, “The LORD is MY shepherd.”

God’s relationship with His people is like that of a shepherd to his sheep. He provides what is best for them, refreshes them continually, and guides them in the way that he knows is right. In so doing he proves himself faithful to his own nature as the covenant God of his chosen people (1-3).

Despite God’s provision and guidance, there will be dangers along the way. But as a shepherd uses his club (rod) to beat off wild animals, and his crook (staff) to rescue the troubled sheep, so will God care for his people (4).

Wild animals may surround them, but they can feed in safety under the protection of the heavenly shepherd. In view of God’s provision of the best food for those in His care, the picture changes from the divine shepherd to the divine host. God gives special attention to his guests, just as a host in ancient times gave special honour to a guest by anointing his head with oil. The guests in God’s house, however, never have to leave. They are with him for ever (5-6).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 God shall always provide all the needs of His people who rely on Him

🔷 Believers shall meet dangers in life even with the presence of God. But God will secure His own

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Thank God for His provisions
💥Pray for God’s honour and security

CONCLUSION📙
God will honour His people specially in all things. Even the presence of the enemy will not stop Him. The daily challenges we face should strengthen our relationship with God, and we declare boldly that we shall lack nothing, but rather the goodness and mercy of God shall follow us always.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections