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1.God’s people are unlike any other.
A. God’s people are guided unlike any other (Ps 23:1-2,4).
B. God’s people are blessed unlike any other (Ps 23:5).
C. God’s people receive promises unlike any other (Ps 23:6).
1. God promises HIS PEOPLE – eternal life-eternal rest with the faithful. 2. This promise is unique to His people.
3. Only those who have God as their shepherd receive this promise.
- How could David say that he would dwell with God for all eternity, because of v.1- the Lord is his shepherd!
1. “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever”
A. And I will dwell
2. God has made sure that the faithful who are in eternal life abide in a place that is
proper and fitting for those who love Him (John 14:2-3).
A. Not only are we with the Father and the Father is with us, but we are in this place of rest for all eternity. Forever has no end, it’s a time that continues and never comes to an end because God has no end and the faithful who dwell (live or make their
home with Him) have no end. Man does not have to die twice, unless Christ comes back before we die, we will face one death. This is not avoidable-the 2nd death (eternal damnation) is avoidable (Matthew 7:13-14).
B. Think for a moment with me - the faithful die-but do they stay dead? No the faithful find a place that’s described as eternal life. We continue to live for eternity (Revelation 2:11).
The unfaithful, when they die, what do they face? Do they stay dead? No! But, they continue to feel the pains of death for all eternity in a place designed for the unfaithful and rebellious thus they face the 2nd death or we could say eternal death (Revelation 21:8).
All will live after their bodies stop working but it’s where we live that make the difference and it’s how we live before God today that determines which place we will live.
3. The end result of our faithfulness is found in eternal life with the Father where we abide forever because of His mercy and it’s where we see the ultimate display of God’s goodness, care and love.
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