13/05/2018 : The Lord is my Shepherd – Part 2

Call to Worship: Psalm 27: 1: 2-6NIV

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Reading 1: Psalm 23 NIV

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters,

He restores my soul.

He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even 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.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surly goodness and love will follow all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

  • .The Shepherd’s

Psalm 23:4- Even 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.

Valley of Disappointment: Valley of Disillusionment: Dark Valley of Despair.

Matthew 17: 15-16 msg… Master have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river. I brought him to your disciples, but they could do nothing for him. (It’s hopeless)

Luke 8:43+msg…woman who for 12 years afflicted…spent every penny on doctors but not one has been able to help her…touched the edge of Jesus’ robe…”Who touched me?”…When the woman realized she could not remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story…why she touched Him and at that same moment why she was healed.

Hebrews 13: 8 KJV Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever…

“It is the presence of God in our lives that makes all the difference.”

 

Exodus 33:14: 15 KJV Promise of God’s Presence

God said, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Moses said to Him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”

Heb 13: 5b amp    

…for He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let you down, (relax my hold on you) – Assuredly not.

 

  1. The Shepherd’s Provision.

Psalm 23:5… You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Professional shepherds refer to what is called a “table land.”

the grass is always greener on the other side” and “all that glitters is not gold.”

 

Psalm 23:5….You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows

Luke 12:13-21NIV The Parable of the Rich Fool.

…Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions…I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my goods…

1Peter 3:8-9 NIV… all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

 

6.The Shepherd’s  Provision.

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Amp. and His presence)

Psalm 23:6… and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Eccles. 3: 11 NIV He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

Do the things I do, the relationships that I have and the principles that I hold to, have any eternal value?

Matthew 6:19-21NIV …Jesus says…store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy…

  1. As a child what was your favourite pet? How did this pet respond when it heard your voice?
  1. Read Psalm 23 in the negative (The Lord is not my Shepherd)

              What verse is most disturbing? John 10: 3-6   John 10:11-15

 

  1. In John 10: 3-6 How do the sheep respond to the shepherd? Discuss the following

statement, “God speaks to the listening heart.”

 

  1. In John 10:11-15 How does Jesus identify himself with the Good Shepherd?
  1. How do you discern the Good Shepherds voice from all the voices that vie for your attention? What was the turning point for you in terms of hearing “God’s Voice” and responding to it?

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