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Life Defining - Psalm 23

posted Oct 7, 2009, 8:05 PM by Website Administrator   [ updated Oct 7, 2009, 8:22 PM ]
Psalm 23
October 4, 2009

Life Defining

Perhaps the most quoted and memorized scripture in the entire Bible, the 23rd Psalm strikes a chord in my spiritual being. It has sustained me in loss and supports me in life. It is life's assured hope to hold onto & follow!

1. My Shepherd , No Want

a. Sheep are defenseless, senseless, naive & nervous
b. They need a leader for their outcome is in his hands
c. They need a herd (Prov. 27:23)
d. Contentment in his provision (1Tim. 6:6)

2. Lie Down in Green Pastures, Leads Me Beside Still Waters, Restored Soul

a. Rest in the midst of provision (Mt. 11:28-30)
b. Safe & Secure
c. Calm in midst of chaos
d. Rejuvenated Inner Being

3. Path of Righteousness

a. God has a path for you (Pr. 3:5-7; Ps. 119:105)
i. MAXIMUM benefit, impact, success

b. Namesake
i. What do you do with/for the name of Jesus?
ii. His reputation is at stake through Christians. Stained or Sustained?

4. Valley of Shadow of Death, No Fear, Rod & Staff

a. "I" walk without His lead, yet He's still with me (Isa 53:6)
b. Fallen World's Shadows (obstacle obstructing the Light)
c. Praise God for discipline in trials, circumstantial living (James 1:2-4)

5. Prepared Table with Enemy Present

a. In your face Satan
b. God's preparation (John 14:1-3)
c. Place of peace, fellowship & nourishment

6. Anoints, Cup Overflow

a. We are anointed, set apart as Holy (2Cor. 1:21-22)
b. Blessed to be a Blessing (blessed to overflowing impact)

7. Goodness & Mercy NOW, In His House

a. SURELY - without a doubt
b. G&M surrounds me & changes my sphere of influence/impact
c. Dwelling in My Father's House