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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