YAHUSHUA YaHuWaH Jesus Christ Elijah Isaiah Antichrist Baal Feast Atonement Passover New Moon Israel David God Angel Angels Glory King of Kings Devil Satan False Prophet Pope Miracle Sign Wonder Homosexual Abomination Solar Eclipse Armageddon End Times End of the Age Two Witnesses Aviv Barley Harvest Judgment Nations Jerusalem Man of Sin Goliath Ark Noah Adam Eve Sodom Gomorrah GilGal Global Government World Leader Messiah Moshiach Moses Aaron Red Sea Elohim Heaven Earth Sun Stars Creator Lunar Eclipse Babylon the Great Islam Hebrew Lunar Tetrad Blood Moon Bethlehem Adonai Prince of Peace John the Baptist Tav Paleo Hebrew Sabbath Day Repent Covenant Daniel Belshazzar.
This, without a doubt, is one of the most popular psalms in the Bible. One that has been memorized, recited and sung by millions of believers through the ages. In this sermon we will examine the psalm's keywords which provide answers to the five basic questions analysts love to ask: who, where, why, when and how? We will then end our study by rejoicing with the psalmist in verse 6 as we examine and even share his conclusions.
Before we go any further let me remind you all of a great spiritual fact, which some of you will already know. It is this. In order to teach mankind the deep spiritual realities about Himself, the Kingdom of Heaven and man's place in the universe, the Creator ordained that mankind be employed in certain occupations: such as agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, wine-making, pottery etc. Each of these basic occupations, which can still be found in every country, is a living object lesson of a great spiritual reality which you must recognize if you want to live a fulfilling life. In Psalm 23 we see one of these 'living object lessons' where the psalmist compares himself to a sheep and the Almighty YaHuWaH to a shepherd.
Who is the Psalmist writing and singing about? Who is involved in this song?
|verse 1||YaHuWaH is my shepherd; I shall not want.|
This verse tells us who the key characters are in the psalm: YaHuWaH and I. Of course that can mean YaHuWaH and you.
Where does my Shepherd take me? The answer is plain to see.
|verse 2||He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.|
The good Shepherd does not lead me for no apparent reason. He has a very good reason in mind. It is, for His Name's sake.
|verse 3||He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
(Why?) for His Name's sake.
The rewards we believers will receive for walking in the path of obedience are beyond the reckoning of the present human mind.
The Good Shepherd does not promise an easy walk. Hard times will often come to every sheep in the flock. But through it all we have the greatest assurance ever to be granted a believer - Thou art with me.
|verse 4||Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me.|
|verse 5||Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Here, again in the present tense, we see YaHuWaH preparest a table, catering for His people. That little phrase my cup runneth over describes the generosity of the Most High. He not only meets our spiritual needs; but His supplies come in great abundance - over and above all our requirements. My cup runneth over. Let me explain this verse further.
A believer may suffer physical hardship and deprivation. He or she may often wonder where the Shepherd is, especially as life's problems get worse. But we must not despair: because YaHuWaH is near, "He is with us." If He does not immediately remove a believer's burden, He always has a very good reason for not doing so. But He does supply the spiritual support that is necessary to bear that burden. This spiritual support is metaphorically described as "feasting in the presence of mine enemies" or having one's head "anointed with oil." It is ever present. It is the kind of spiritual nourishment which abounds in the midst of trouble, much to the wonder and frustration of one's enemies. In other words YaHuWaH may allow hardship, persecution, sickness, starvation, loneliness etc., to come a believer's way. But He will always provide a counter-supply of spiritual resources to sustain the believer's soul. He may not remove the enemy; but you can be sure that if He is with you, you will feast before the enemy's eyes. What's more your cup of blessing will overflow. Can you say: My cup runneth over?
|Surely||Here is faith at its shining best, inspiring, setting a good example to others and gladdening the heart of Elohim. What a beautiful word is that word surely.|
|goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:||This tells of YaHuWaH 's true character. He is good and He is merciful. These beautiful qualities are everlasting: and they ensure our forgiveness and survival. The Most High radiates goodness and mercy, more than any in the entire universe.|
|and I will dwell in the house of YaHuWaH for ever.||This is the heritage of all who believe. This promise encompasses eternity|
Sad to say not everyone can sing this psalm and mean it: for many are 'lost sheep.' They have wandered away from the good Shepherd and are shivering, hungry and frightened on the cliffs of life. Perhaps you are one of them - a lost sheep. Did you know that the good Shepherd is looking for you? It will help a great deal if you were to cry out for help and make your needs known. Cry to Him for help: for forgiveness, for direction, for assistance: cry today. My dear friend the good Shepherd is looking for you. Call for help today. He will surely answer your call.
|Luke 15:4||What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5: And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6: And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
|John 10:11||I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.|