The Lord Is My Shepherd

Text: Psalm 23

This is Personal

  • The Lord is my shepherd” – we each have an individual responsibility to follow & please Him
  • We should guard against being the one sheep who wanders off and is lost (Matthew 18:12-14)
  • We must follow the Lord – not another shepherd, the other sheep, or our own way

The Shepherd’s Job

  • Care for the sheep
  • Guide the sheep
  • Protect the sheep

The Lord is More Than Capable of Performing the Shepherd’s Job

  • The Lord cares for His sheep – provides for our needs (v. 1-2); restores our souls (v. 3); anoints our heads with oil, causes our cups to overflow (v. 5)
  • The Lord guides His sheep – in the paths of righteousness (v. 3); as He guides, we must follow (John 10:27)
  • The Lord protects His sheep – we have no reason to fear, despite being surrounded by death & our enemies (v. 4-5); He will not fail (John 10:28-29)

The Result of Having the Lord as Our Shepherd

  • Guaranteed blessings (v. 6) – not physical blessings, but spiritual; nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39)
  • Salvation – we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (v. 6)

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