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The Good Shepherd | Psalm 23

Do you see the Lord as your shepherd, and are you fully surrendered to Him with complete trust? As we continue our Playlist series, Jermaine Harrison walks us through Psalm 23 to show that we can trust God to be both a Good Shepherd and a Gracious Host.

Jermaine HarrisonAug 1, 2021

In This Series (5)
God's Love Never Stops | Psalm 118
David MarvinAug 8, 2021
The Good Shepherd | Psalm 23
Jermaine HarrisonAug 1, 2021
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made | Psalm 139
David MarvinJul 25, 2021
Jesus is Our Satisfaction | Psalm 16
Blake HolmesJul 18, 2021
God is Good in our Trials | Psalm 34
John ElmoreJul 11, 2021

Summary

Do you see the Lord as your shepherd, and are you fully surrendered to Him with complete trust? As we continue our Playlist series, Jermaine Harrison walks us through Psalm 23 to show that we can trust God to be both a Good Shepherd and a Gracious Host.

Key Takeaways

  • God is a Good Shepherd and a Gracious Host who is fully committed and attentive to those who put their trust in Him.
  • If God is your shepherd, you are the object of His divine care and attention.
  • A shepherd purchases his sheep, marks them, provides for them, cares for them, and is willing to give up his life on their behalf.
  • “The Lord is MY shepherd” is a statement of belonging, trust, and obedience.
  • It’s not enough to know that the Lord is your shepherd if it doesn’t change the way you live. You can’t experience the comforts of a good shepherd if you are a rebellious sheep.
  • “I shall not want” is a statement of contentment.
  • Shepherds go before the sheep to create green pastures and quiet waters, just like God went before us to create everything good that we have.
  • Soul restoration isn’t always pleasant for the sheep.
  • Left to ourselves, we choose paths that endanger our lives and other people.
  • To move from one place of flourishing and green pastures to another, we have to go through a valley.
  • We have reason not to fear because of the presence and sacrifice of a Good Shepherd.
  • God is first on the scene of anything challenging we might endure.
  • We always have more than we need with God as our Gracious Host.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Is it difficult for you to see yourself as the object of God’s care and attention?
  • How are you tempted to go your own way (Isaiah 53:6)?
  • Take some time to list out and thank God for the good things He has gone before you to provide, and ways in which your “cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).

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