3 Psalm 23 1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
4 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
5 Keys to the Passage: a psalm of David “The Lord……” Jehovah…the God of covenant “….my shepherd”No one has the right to consider the Lord his shepherd unless --- he has, by faith, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of his life.Unconverted people are never referred to as “sheep”; they are called “goats”!
6 Five Spiritual Freedoms Freedom from want. (Verses 1-2)God has promised to meet “all” of our needs.“lie down in … green pastures”“…still waters” Sheep will not drink from rushing or turbulent water.
7 2. Freedom from Depletion “He restores my soul” Physically & SpirituallyIsaiah 40:31When our soul becomes overcome with sorrow: He encourages & revives us.When our spirit becomes weary and weak: He energizes & renews us.“He guides me in the paths of righteousness”
8 3. Freedom from Fear“…though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,”A “shadow” has never killed anyoneHis “presence” enables us to live in freedom from fear“Your rod and Your staff,”Your rod: used to correct & protectYour staff: used to guide & lift out of danger
9 4. Freedom from Hurry & Worry We are “anointed” and our “cup overflows”.Shepherds often carried oil which to “anoint” scratches on the face of the sheep.Anointing = = Healing & the Holy SpiritOur “cup” will continually overflow
10 5. Freedom from Abandonment & Desertion “….I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5c,“Surely goodness and mercy…..”“..shall follow me” Literally: to pursue“…the house of the Lord forever”Continually in Divine Presence and having constant “communion with Him”.
11 ….now and always! Whether it be: “resting in green pastures, drinking from still waters,walking through the valley of the shadow of death, orin the presence of our enemiesGod is there with us……….now and always!