Finding God When You Need Him Most Each lesson addresses a need common to us all Each lesson is viewed in the light of a specific Psalm.
Psalm 23 The L ORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Psalm 23 5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast 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 L ORD forever.
Life Lesson #1 The Lesson of the Sheep Sheep are slow and easily frightened. They are defenseless by nature. They are easily influenced and lack survival skills. They are followers, not leaders.
Life Lesson #2 The lesson of the Shepherd The shepherd was a lowly position. The tools of a shepherd, most often, included a: Staff - a tool to rescue a sheep or keep them out of trouble. Rod – a tool of protection or correction.
Life Lesson #3 The relationship lesson Not, “the Lord is the shepherd” but, “the Lord is my shepherd” A good shepherd: Provides for – Genesis 22:14 Protects and cares for – Psalm 18:2 Understands – Psalm 147:5 Nourishes – Psalm 119:103 Loves – John 3:16
Life Lesson #4 How to be a good sheep 1.It’s not about what you want, it is about what you need. “I shall not want” vs. 1 2. Fearing evil is not in my job description. “I will fear no evil” vs. 4 3. The shepherd has my back. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord”
These lessons are based on a Biblical study of the book Finding God When You Need Him Most By Chip Ingram