Provisions from God for us today.
A. Provision of Eternal Life
1. God truly makes provisions for those who follow Him – the greatest provision He has
made for us is a plan to gain eternal life through the blood of His Son
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. John 15:13
B. Provisions through Prayer
1. God has a way for us to communicate to Him, through our prayers we lay our fears,
needs, concerns and every other issue we may have at the feet of the Almighty. Through
answering our prayers God grants us provisions as according to His will. – Job makes
mention of how God cared for him especially during his trials
12 You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit. Job 10:12
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Job 1:12
6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” Job 2:6
C. Provisions through the Church & God’s Word
1. Through the Church & God’s Word we grow spiritually and emotionally.
2. Trials that could cripple a worldly person ought to be more easily handled by a
servant of God because of the blessings/provisions given to them by God and
through God’s Word (1 Cor 10:13).
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
1. God has provided us with many provisions in this life!
2. When’s the last time you considered what God has provided for you and thanked Him
for those provisions?
Provisions from the Shepherd
1. The Lord is our source of every good and righteous thing.
2. Today we will see how God provides and what He provides for us is truly a blessing -
1. There is no mistake that “you or thou” are references to God. It is God who provides
the true needs for His sheep.
2. The “provisions” of the world are temporary and often still leave us in need and
hurting (Proverbs 27:20, Ecc 2:11).
20 Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11
3. The provisions God provides for us not only helps us in this life but also leads us to
trust in Him who in turn leads us to spiritual blessings and ultimately eternal life.
B. “…prepare a table before me…” the Lord provides & blesses (Psalm 78:19-29)
19 Yes, they spoke against God:
They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, He struck the rock,
So that the waters gushed out,
And the streams overflowed.
Can He give bread also?
Can He provide meat for His people?”
21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious;
So a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also came up against Israel,
22 Because they did not believe in God,
And did not trust in His salvation.
23 Yet He had commanded the clouds above,
And opened the doors of heaven,
24 Had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them of the bread of heaven.
25 Men ate angels’ food;
He sent them food to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens;
And by His power He brought in the south wind.
27 He also rained meat on them like the dust,
Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas;
28 And He let them fall in the midst of their camp,
All around their dwellings. Psalms 78:19-28
1. While many of our lives are fast paced and we are often running to keep up, the Lord
provides for us in the midst of this busy & difficult life. God blesses those who are
His servants with blessings that-sadly, sometimes go unnoticed.
a. When’s the last time you counted your blessings?
2. We can also see that the blessings of God are found here at a prepared table. A table
designed or prepared specifically for obedient servants of God.
C. “…in the presence of my enemies;” (Psalm 29:11)
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalms 29:11
1. Despite what our enemies in this life may do, they cannot stop the blessings of God.
In the Presence of the Shepherd
Who is your shepherd?
1. Our friends sometimes try to walk us through our life. However, their guidance often
leads us to more hardship and sinful living.
2. If guidance from others causing us to be in contrast to the Word of God we should
dismiss such attempts at shepherding.
B. True shepherding and guidance.
1. God is the one who can truly shepherd us through difficult times.
2. God understands our problems and heartaches’, we must understand God wants to hold us up as we walk through these difficult times.
i.”Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of
my hope.” (Psalm 119:116)
What about you?
In the Presence of the Shepherd; part 2
“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. ” (Psalm 32:4)
A. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” (v.4a)
1. When a person is afraid the usually don’t walk, the walk quickly or may run. You’ll
notice that David walks not in the valley of death but in the valley of the SHADOW
a. This tells us two things
1. He walked, He did not run because he was not afraid (v.4b).
2. “shadow of death” tells us this was a place of fear but not a place of actual
2. From this we see that the place where David was looked or sounded scary but would
not actually cause harm him.
3. This is similar to life today. We find ourselves in places or times of great fear but we
often do not endure any real harm only fear.
i.“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
B. “I will fear no evil; for thou are with me;…” (v.4b)
1. David did not fear because God was with Him or we might say He was with God.
Much like a frighten child, a child of God is comforted and relieved by the safety of
i.“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in
safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
2. It’s also important to notice that only those who are with the Lord can find safety in
i.“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every
spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3)
C. “Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” (v.4c)
1. It is with the rod that God protects His sheep. He defends them from spiritual harm.
The word of God is also called a sword, with this sword we too can defend our spiritual
i. “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[a] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15)
2. It is with the staff that God brings the straying sheep back into the fold.
In the Presence of the Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (v.1a)
A. Jehovah as David’s shepherd (v.1a, John 10:14-16)
1. The LORD, Jehovah, was David’s confidence, hope, & sustainer.
2. David refers to God as a shepherd because he knew what the work of a shepherd
involved. When it’s implied in a spiritual sense we can see how the LORD is our shepherd.
a. Matthew 6:33
b. Proverbs 3:21-26
c. Colossians 2:18a
d. Acts 20:28
B. David had no wants (v.1b)
1. If the Lord is truly our shepherd, then we shall have no lack of any real need.
a. Psalm 84:11
b. Matthew 7:11
c. James 1:17
(v.3) The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound and the Lord shall
descend, Even so- it is well with my soul.
A. At His coming we (the faithful) will find wellness (peace) in our souls.
1. When the world comes to an end the faithful will find peace. Peace that is found as we leave the world and enter our reward, a dwelling place with our God and our redeemer
a. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all
who obey Him, (Hebrews 5:9)
2. Though the world comes to an end, for the faithful, the lifestyle they have always desired begins. It is a life that is spent and is filled with glories and rest provided by Him who loves us most of all
a. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
b. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Thoughts to consider
1. Is it well with your soul? Are you at peace because you are one of God’s children?
2. Without God we will know no peace, with God, the faithful can find peace at any time
a. Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
b. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Lesson next time – “In the Presence of the Shepherd” from Psalm 23
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(v.2) My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it not more
A. Not part but the whole. It has been nailed to the cross.
1. Unlike the world - with God, His forgiveness is complete. He doesn’t forgive one sin and not another. He forgives all sins when we repent (1 Jn 1:7).
2. He nailed all our sins to the cross-our past sins and the sins we may commit in the future. When we repent of them they too are nailed to the cross (Col 1:19-23).
B. I (the sinner, the person guilty of sin) bear it no more
1. When God forgives us of our sins our sins are removed, completely and utterly removed. Thus, we must realize how important it is to repent. Without repentance our sin remains (James 5:16a “that you may be healed.”)
2. The sacrifice of Christ bore and continues to bear the sin of all mankind therefore, we, obedient and repentant Christians, no longer bear our sins, our burdens, our grief’s, our sorrows, or our transgressions (Isa 53:5,12b)
I. (v.1) When peace like a river attendth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot
A. In peace and in sorrows
1. When we are surrounded by peace the Lord has provided this environment for us, thus it is well with our soul.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
2. And, when we are covered in sorrows and pain, the Lord makes this well with our soul also. He makes it bearable and a path of escape
(Ps 32:10, 1 Cor 10:13).
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Psalms 32:10
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
B. Whatever my (“our”) lot
1. No matter what place we find ourselves God makes it all well with our soul
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
2. With God there is calm, with God there is wellness for our soul
God’s benefits call us to action
1. Because God bestows such benefits, we ought to be worthy of them.
2. Only the obedient, those who wholly trust in Him are worthy of such benefits (Ps 9:10)
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalms 9:10
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
6 That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
7 That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;
8 And may not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not set its heart aright,
And whose spirit was not faithful to God. Psalms 78:5-8
1. Because we love God, and because of the benefits with God we ought to be faithful to
2. A true follower of Christ is faithful unto death (Rev 2:10)
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
The Lord will not… (His vengeance and punishment-Isa 13:11)
1. v.9-He will not…..nor will He
2. v.10-He has not…..Nor punished
The Lord is… (Patient - v.8-Ps 18:30, Ps 34:8)
1. Merciful – (Deut 4:30-31)
2. Gracious – (Ps 86:15)
3. Slow to anger (Neh 9:17)
4. abounding in mercy (Matt 5:7, Lk 6:36, Lk 18:13b)
Questions for your personal Study.
How has God been merciful to you?
How has God been gracious to you?
How has God been long suffering (slow to anger) with you?
How has God shown you mercy?
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