Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we began a series on the 23rd Psalm with a discussion of verse one.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

The first question we discussed was why David refers to the Lord as a shepherd.

 


Jack noted that a shepherd has absolute control over the sheep. We are at our best when the lord has control over us. Grady added that a shepherd cares and provides for the sheep. Indeed, a good shepherd will lay down his life for his sheep. In sum, a shepherd knows what is best for the sheep and if the sheep trust him they will be safe and reach their potential.

Why does David describe us as sheep?

I heard a sermon about the 23rd psalm and the minister asked “Can’t you tell when you have been insulted?”

A sheep is weak and stupid. Without the care of a shepherd it would die. Andy advised that sheep often wander away from the heard and the shepherd has to find them. When the shepherd locates the sheep he breaks the sheep’s leg and carries the sheep back to the heard. A sheep who has returned in this manner doesn’t wander off again.  David choose the illustration of a shepherd and a sheep to teach that without God we are weak and vulnerable. When we trust the good shepherd and follow Him we are safe and free to reach our potential.

What does it mean to be free from want?

What causes you stress? The promise of this verse is that the shepherd will free you from worry. He provides what you truly need. What you must desperately need is a deeper relationship with Him. Jesus asks ‘If you who are sinful know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will the Father give the Holy Spirit to all who ask.” When we face financial problems we think we need more money. Jesus, the good shepherd says “You don’t need more money you need more of me.” When we worry about our health we pray for healing. He says “Seek me.” The message is clear – when we have the shepherd we have all we need.

Next week verse two. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Consider the following questions:

1) Why does the shepherd have to make us lie down? And why do we resist?

2) What does the image of drinking from still waters mean to you/

3) If you applied this verse to your life what would change?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

One response to “Tuesday Morning Recap”

  1. John Miles says:

    Chris, thanks for setting up the page so we can leave comments after each recap. It really improves the blog.
    John