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Psalm 23 – Tue – 21-10-05



Psalms 23:1-3 says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.”

In this famous Psalm, God’s care for us is compared to a shepherd caring for sheep. Notice the sheep are well fed. They are led to rest in a green, lush pasture. They are also led to water. Someone once told me that sheep will not drink from fast flowing water, especially near rapids. They prefer quiet water. This tells us that God provides for us by providing what is most suitable.

But what about the phrase, “He restoreth my soul?” How do you restore the soul of sheep? Do sheep even have souls? What is the meaning of this?

The word can mean “soul,” but it can also be translated “life.” I think Phillip Keller gives a good word picture. He says this refers to a sheep that has tumbled onto his back. Evidently, sheep with a large fleece can become stuck on their backs. They kick and flail about. Without help, they may stay in that position until they die. The shepherd comes and restores them to an upright position.*

Do you ever feel you’ve been knocked for a loop? That the events of life have left you flailing about? Remember, God not only provides for our basic needs, he also gets us back on our feet.


*Phillip Keller, “He Restoreth My Soul,” Excerpts from: A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 part 4, Antipas, http://www.antipas.org/commentaries/articles/shepherd_psa23/shepherd_04.html.

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Psalm 23 – Mon – 21-10-04



Have you ever wondered about the future? Maybe you follow a sports team and you wonder whether they will make the playoffs or not. Or, do you follow the stock market and wish you knew when the market would turn or a particular stock would take off? Medical tests make us wonder about the future. Have you ever wondered what the diagnosis would be and how that might change your life? I think all of us have gone to the store and wondered what will happen with inflation. Will it ease or grow worse? People are already wondering about the next election and who will run and who will win.

It is difficult to be sure about the future. So many things can happen! But we can have assurance about the future. Listen to Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Did you hear the assurance in that verse? “I shall not want.” There is no wondering about the future! There is no doubt in the Psalmist’s mind. Everything will be good. All his needs will be met. Why? Because the Lord is the one caring for him! He is trusting in someone sure — God!

This is the main point in the psalm. We can trust in God to care for us. If we rely on him like sheep rely on the shepherd, then he absolutely will care for us!


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Psalm 23 – Sun – 21-10-03



Have you ever been at a party and someone starts a get-to-know-you discussion with a strange question like “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” That may be ok at a party, but sometimes you get that type of question at a job interview! The question is designed to reveal how you think about yourself and whether you can think on your feet or not.  You may or may not think such questions are fun!

Today, I’m asking you that question. If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? Would you be a lion? Some might say they were an eagle or a horse. Others would probably go for the safe bet,  you know, a dog or cat. Some may get exotic and say they are a dolphin or a unicorn! But I guarantee you no one would say they were a dinosaur, monkey or mule! There is one more animal people don’t identify with, but should — sheep!

Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” That’s right, if God is the shepherd, then we are sheep. Not very flattering is it? But it can be very comforting when you see the care the shepherd gives to sheep.

This week, we are going to explore the 23rd Psalm and how it describes a good relationship with God. Being God’s sheep is a good thing!


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Those Who Mourn – Tue – 21-08-24



“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” says Matthew 5:4 (NIV.) This truly is a promise that God can make, because he is the God of all comfort. Just listen to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV)

Do you think of God in this way? As the God of comfort? Do you expect God to comfort you in troubles? Remember the 23rd Psalm? God is described as a shepherd whose rod and staff comfort us. A shepherd used the staff – a long thin stick – to guide the sheep.  He could reach out and redirect sheep that were heading into danger, or just wandering off. The shepherd’s rod, was the big club carried to beat off predators. So, God’s presence, guidance and protection provide comfort in the troubles we face.

We are also comforted by God’s love. Philippians 2:1 speaks of the comfort of Christ’s love. When we truly realize the extent to which Jesus loves us, that is, the sacrifice of his life for our forgiveness, we are comforted in knowing God cares. May you find God’s comfort in the troubles and mourning you face.


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