Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #113
TEXT: Psalm 23
Our passage today is a very familiar one. You have heard it quoted many times by others, and perhaps, you have read it or quoted it at times yourself. It is a psalm of comfort and rest written by a man who knew what comfort and rest meant. However, he did not have comfort and rest all of the time in his own life. This psalm is a beautiful portrait of the Good Shepherd who cares for us in every way. He supplies all of our needs. Allow me to share with you three ways that our needs are supplied by the Good Shepherd.
1. The Good Shepherd provides for all of our physical needs. David says that because the Lord is caring for Him, he “shall not want.” In ancient times, shepherding was a major occupation in Israel. Before he became king, David himself was a shepherd as he took care of his father’s flocks. Being a shepherd meant spending long hours in the sun in the field with the sheep. It also meant oftentimes spending long nights in the field with the sheep. A shepherd had to provide for every need that the sheep had. He had to lead them to safe places to graze. He had to protect them from enemies who lurked, wolves and lions who waited in the shadows to catch an unsuspecting lamb by surprise.
2. The Good Shepherd provides for our spiritual needs. David says, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” In Hebrew, the phrase ‘restore my soul’ means to bring to repentance or conversion. In other words, God returns David’s soul and conscious, which had grown black with sin, to a state of purity and light.
3. The Good Shepherd provides for our eternal needs. Listen to David’s words: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” For the Jewish people during ancient times, death was indeed a dark and unwelcome idea. Yet, David says that as he goes down in to the valley of the shadow of death to face eternity, he will not fear. Why? Because the Lord, his shepherd, is with him.
+ Plus, listen to Salvador singing “As the Deer” and Jennifer Holliday singing “It is Well With My Soul”