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The Lord is My Shepherd

Jul 07, 2019 | Randy Gunter

The Lord is my Shepherd: Part 5

Psalm 23:5

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 5

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.(Psalm 23:1-5 ESV)

God is sovereign and provides our protection, provision, and care with abundance.

As a shepherd…

Some say that the best fields for grazing sheep are in the high plateaus, like the mesas of the U.S. In Spanish, the word “mesa” means table. As an English term, mesa means tableland.

In ancient Israel, these highlands were bountiful for grazing, but they were fraught with danger. 

As a shepherd is alert to the threats of his sheep, so the Lord is alert, watching over us and protecting us, too.  Our safe place is next to our Good Shepherd.  1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present helpin trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah(Psalm 46:1-3 ESV)

The Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV)

As a recipient of grace and one saved by faith…

Long before he was king, David was the family shepherd. God used the position to develop David into a king after his own heart.

It is crucial to understand the fullness of God—his authority and justice and his mercy and grace.

David understood that he wasn’t a self-made man; he was a grace-filled man.

 Your enemies and God’s vengeance:

19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.(Romans 12:19-21 ESV)

We can respond in ways of love to our enemies because we are confident that God will execute perfect justice one day.

Salvation is a table that is prepared by the Lord, and we are invited to sit and dine with him there.

Luke 14:21-23

The Lord’s invitation: The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.(Revelation 22:17 ESV)

One day, there will be a great gathering for a banquet prepared by the Lord Jesus, which includes all of the redeemed saints of Christ. What a day of glory that will be. 

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. (Revelation 19:6-8 ESV)

It is gracious enough for the Lord to prepare a table for us and invite us to join him, but there is more grace to abound. His abundant grace is evident in the image of being anointed with oil and given a cup that overflows. 

Series Information

A 6 week study on truths found in Psalms 23. 

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