• For You Are With Me

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    August 24, 2014 ()

    Bible Text: Psalm 23:1-6 |

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    When God’s people follow their Shepherd, they have all that they need and will not lack the necessities of life.

    A shepherd was always watching over his sheep, protecting them, leading them, and caring and providing for them, because they were completely dependent upon him.

    Disclaimer: Only those who know the Good Shepherd and walk in obedience with Him will be assured of the benefits of this Psalm.

    What a comforting thought it is for a child of God to know that he has the Great Shepherd watching over him.

    Psalm 23:1–6 (ESV)

    John 10:24–27 (ESV)

    “We pray for easier paths when we ought to pray for stronger shoes…”

    No growth without rain; no roses without pruning; no diamonds without pressure; no purest of gold without fire.

    The Lord has promised to lead his people. We should not concern ourselves so much, then, with finding the Lord’s will as with walking close to the Lord.

    Peter Jeffery well says: ‘Our problem is not really one of guidance, it is one of closeness to God {the Shepherd}.’

    Psalm 106:7–10 (ESV)

    The fact that the Lord leads his people ‘For his name’s sake’ means that he guides them according to all that his name represents. His guidance is, then, in keeping with his holiness, his love, his faithfulness, his wisdom and all that he has revealed himself to be.

    Each of the OT names for God is seen in this psalm:

    Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord will provide” (Gen. 22:13–14); Jehovah-Rapha, “The Lord will heal or restore” (Ex. 15:26); Jehovah-Shalom, “The Lord our peace” (Jud. 6:24); Jehovah-Tsidkenu, “The Lord our righteousness,” (Jer. 23:6); Jehovah-Shammah, “The Lord is there,” (Ezek. 48:35); Jehovah-Nissi, “The Lord our banner” (Ex. 17:8–15); and Jehovah-Raah, “The Lord my shepherd” (Ps. 23:1).

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