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The Lord is My Shepherd

Jul 21, 2019 | Randy Gunter

The Lord is my Shepherd: Part 6

The Lord is My Shepherd

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. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.(Psalm 23:1-6 ESV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

“Goodness”

We are confident that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose(Romans 8:28).

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withholdfrom those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11 ESV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Fatherof lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.(James 1:17 ESV)

“Mercy/hesed/loyal love”– 

“Hesed” is God’s loyal love, a covenant love. Because God loves, he is loyal, and his loyalty to us expresses his love for us.

“Shall follow me”– 

The word most often means “pursue.” It is commonly used to describe someone pursuing or chasing another, like an army pursuing the enemy. God’s goodness and loyal love pursue us relentlessly.

 “All the days of my life”– God’s pursuit of us with love and kindness extends to every day; his chasing us is without expiration or exception.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

The Lord is my shepherd, but….” 

    (our experience)   , but the Lord is my shepherd.

I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever

Looking back on our lives, we can see goodness and mercy following us all of our days. Looking forward into the future, we see the eternal house of the Lord where we will dwell forever.

The house of the Lord is not so much a place or structure; it is the presence of God.

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4 ESV)

Series Information

A 6 week study on truths found in Psalms 23. 

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