Our Good Shepherd - Psalm 23
Greetings to you all coming from Brother Farraday:
Well, I wanted to share a message today that I hope will encourage your day and upcoming week.
Introduction: There are many times in our lives when we are often drawn off of our intended pathways and that can cause us various unexpected problems.
I believe it is during these times that we need to remember we have Our Good Shepherd who loves us and will care for us as He lovingly steers us safely back to the right road. I want you to be assured today, without a doubt, that Our Good Shepherd loves us dearly and He will take good care of us.
Our text for today is perhaps a very familiar passage to many of us; it is found in Psalms 23:1-3 and it reads:
1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Wow! That's enough preaching right there! If we could just wrap that around our minds and get a good understanding of that statement alone, we could just close our Bibles and go on our merry way.
2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still water.
3. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names' sake.
I want to quickly share for time's sake a few points that were illuminated to me for our daily and weekly encouragement today. A theme to hold on to today can be Our Good Shepherd.
• The first point is: We must realize and be thankful that we have Our Good Shepherd.
We can thank God for being Our Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. In Webster's Dictionary, the word "Shepherd" could also mean "a Coach, a Counsel, a Guide, a Mentor, a Pilot, and a Tutor." We all as sheep oftentimes require much loving care. As a shepherd, David understood that no one could protect, and provide for and lead the flock better than Our Good Shepherd. We can thank God for being Our Good Shepherd.
• The second point is: Since we have Our Good Shepherd; You shall not want!
We can become exhausted at times from dealing with the cares of this world and our various conditions, struggles, and needs in our lives; but it is during these times that we can allow Our Good Shepherd the opportunity to give us a Spiritual refreshment by meeting our every need.
In Philippians 4:19 the Scripture reminds us that our God will supply all of our needs according to His great riches in glory! We must remember that He owns it all and He is still in total control!
Let's keep going...
• The third and final point I want to share today is: Our Good Shepherd will restore our souls and lead us in the paths of righteousness for His names' sake.
This word "restore" means to "bring back" or "return to a former condition, place, or position (put back, or re-instate)."
We as sheep are often prone to wander and become lost to where we need some Guidance. Just like the GPS in our cars, Our Good Shepherd will help to navigate us back to the right road through His Word and His Holy Spirit. Our Good Shepherd will re-route us when we sometimes foolishly become wayward.
You might be inquisitive and ask me, Bro. Farraday, "Why does He do that?" I'm glad you asked because I believe He does it for His names' sake. In order that others can hear us say, "Our Good Shepherd has brought and put us safely back on the right road!"
Therefore in closing for today, I want us all to remember to be thankful that we have Our Good Shepherd who will supply all of our needs. As a result, you shall not want, and Our Good Shepherd will restore our souls and lead us in paths of righteousness for His names' sake. And because of these facts, we have victory because of Our Good Shepherd!
May God richly bless each and every one of you and your dear and precious families!
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake" (Psalm 23:1-3 NIV).