March 17, 2019
Sermon Title: Faith, Because--The Lord Is My Shepherd
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Philippians 4:11-12; Psalms 32:6-7; Hebrews 2:15
Scripture Text: Psalm 23:1-6
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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 your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Faith, Because--The Lord Is My Shepherd
Point I. IN THIS LIFE THE GOOD SHEPHERD GIVES US EVERYTHING WE NEED
Frequently in the Bible, human beings are compared to sheep. Now that sounds nice, but surely you realize that is not necessarily a compliment, because sheep are among the dumbest & dirtiest animals in the world.
Note: Remember we've heard "sheep are NOT meant to carry loads"..
In order for sheep to lie down 4 things are required:
1. First of all, they have to be full. Hungry sheep stay on their feet searching for another mouthful of food.
2. Secondly, they must be unafraid. They will not lie down if they're fearful. The least suspicion of wolves or bears & they stand ready to flee.
3. Thirdly, they must be content. If flies or fleas are bothering them they'll not lie down. They must be comfortable before they'll lie down.
4. Finally, sheep will not lie down unless there is harmony in the flock. If there is friction over the butting order among them, then they simply cannot relax & lie down.
Point II. IN THE FACE OF DEATH, THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROTECTS US FROM EVIL
I'm convinced that when death roars its worst at us, we need not fear, for our Savior is with us. Whether we brush the edge of the valley of death or actually walk through it, He promises, "I'll be there with you."
The Bible clearly states that death is Satan's weapon, the last enemy to be defeated. But David said, v-4 "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." Why? Because "you are with me."
Point III. AT THE JUDGMENT, THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE.
What a picture! When we stand before God on Judgment Day, His mercy will be there. If God gave us justice, we'd be punished for our disobedience. But because of Jesus we have confidence in His mercy.
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