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Psalm 23

Psalm 23

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Published by: Denn Reed Baring Tuvera Jr. on Jun 18, 2012
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The Lord’s My Shepherd
 
By: Denn Reed B. Tuvera Jr.
Scripture: Psalm 23:1-6
To God, our loving Shepherd, present in this morning’s worship service; to the
leaders of this congregation who tends the flock of God in this place; brethren and friends, a wonderful morning to all of you.I feel very happy that God, at my young age, gave me the opportunity and theprivilege to deliver His message to you.At the same time, I feel very nervous even though this is not my first time todeliver a message to the church. Probably, it is because I fear the stipulation in theLaw of God that cautions a preacher from preaching carelessly to the congregation tothe effect that he tends to forget the purpose of his job and what he is doing, and thusdrawing away the faithful Christians from the truth which is found in the Bible.Avoiding such case to occur and doing my very best not to fall to thetemptation thereof, I would like to cite the rule reminding preachers to avoid it. It isfound in James 3:1 where it says:
“Let not many of you be teachers, my brethren,
knowing that we
shall receive stricter judgment.”
 
And for that reason, I intend tobe very
careful in the words that I will be using as I proceed to deliver the Lord’s
message unto you.
God’s message for us this morning is about
the comfort that He is giving us, theprotection of the Lord given to us, and the hope which He promised to us. Our text isfound on Psalm 23:1-6. It is also about the Lord, David the psalmist called hisShepherd.As a young Christian, I think and feel that David the psalmist composed themost beautiful, perfect and elegant psalm I ever heard. As a young child, I remembermy Dad as he always sang this song at home, in church, and even while he drives thecar as he brings me to school or when we go out for a trip. As I grew up, the songmade me realize how super supportive God is to us as we daily face the challengesand discomforts of life. He is always there to comfort us when everything seems to begoing wrong in such a way that He always makes sure that we are on the right path of life that leads to Him and His righteousness.When David composed this psalm, he was already the King of Israel. Yet, heremembered his youth when he was but a young lad tending the sheep in the greenpasture of the prairie. He had all the time to commune with God and found solace and comfort in his solitude even while he faced the dangers of the wilderness.Tending the sheep seeing thereto that the flock was relaxed as they lied on thegrass, where some were eating, sleeping, playing and while sitting beside him. Thus,as he remembered all of these, he began to sing the
“The Lord is my Shepherd; Ishall not want”
, accompanied by his harp.If we will read and study the song, we will notice how passionate and 
emotional David was in communing with God. He felt God’s comfort and protection.
 
 
 
2He was confident and assured that in his every day activities, God was alwaysthere to guide him. In times when he and the flock were in the midst of danger, God was always there to rescue them from vicious wolves and vultures. Thus, it gave themthe hope and the guarantee that they will go home safe and sound for God was withthem.How wonderful it is to be with God is it not? Imagining all of these gives usencouragement and gladness in our hearts as we go on with our lives as Christians.As can be seen from the psalm, David shared with us three assurances.
I.
 
The Comfort of God
The LORD
is 
my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green
pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters” –
verses 1 and 2
 
The above-quoted verses deal with how God gives comfort to David affordinghim relaxation of mind and focus to his chores. When we say
COMFORT
, it means:1.
 
To show sympathy to a person;2.
 
To encourage someone who suffers from trials, burdens, coldness of spirituallife, etc.;3.
 
To give hope;4.
 
To ease the grief of sorrow.
Examples:
1.
 
The mother’s words of love and help comforted the crying girl.
 2.
 
My father makes enough money for us to live in comfort.3.
 
Our brothers and sisters are the first people to give us comforting words.As Christians, it is our duty and responsibility to encourage our brethren whofeel dispirited and hopeless in their faith. We must help them recover their joy,happiness, and faith in God. We must edify them by way of singing and praying forthem. This is our job and obligation to God.Elder James said,
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of 
the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of theLord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and theLord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him,Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye maybe
healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. ”
 
 James 5:14-16-
II.
 
Protection
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil forthou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” –
Verse 4
 In connection with our discussion about comfort awhile ago, verse 4 talksabout protection.
Protection
means:
 
 
31.
 
The act of protecting, or condition of being kept from harm; defense;2.
 
A person, place, or thing which we value and as much as possible we prevent itfrom damages.3.
 
Protection of God is:1.
 
Encouraging
Isa. 41:10; Isa. 50:72.
 
Seasonable
Psalm 46:14.
 
Protection of God is afforded to:1.
 
The oppressed 
Ps. 9:92.
 
The Poor
Ps. 14:6; Ps. 72:12-143.
 
The Church
Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:285.
 
Alternatively
, God’s protection cannot be found on:
1.
 
Idols
Isa. 46:72.
 
Man
Psa. 146:3
Examples:
1.
 
We have policemen for our protection from syndicates.2.
 
We have the Armed Forces of the Philippines to protect us from conquerorsand foreign invaders.3.
 
At home, our father is the defender of our home and family. He is the door, theroof and the building of the family.4.
 
Biblical examples of God’s protection:
1.
 
Peter when he was imprisoned 
Acts 12:4-72.
 
Paul when he was preaching the word of God in the synagogues inCorinth
Acts 18:9-10; Acts 26:173.
 
Daniel when he was in the Lion’s den, an angel of God came down to
shut the mouth of the Lions
Daniel 6:22
The Shepherd’s rod and staff were common tools for tending the flock. At the
same time, they were weapons of defense from grave threats posted by vicious wolvesout to eat the sheep.As Christians, we can see how God protected His prophets and apostles intheir ministry. They put their trust in the Lord that they would always be kept safefrom harm and danger. They prayed and they never lost their hope and faith to Him.God is always here for our loved ones. Take the case of Daniel. We can see how
God saved Daniel’s friends when they were sent to be burned (Daniel 3:19
-30). Inverse 25, we can see how Jesus Christ protected them.God is always here to protect us from temptations and dangers coming fromforces that are beyond our control. God knows that on our own, we cannotsuccessfully defend ourselves from the challenges that we meet as we proceed in ourlives as Christians. He also sets us towards his church where we can meet the comfortand protection that we need from our brethren therein.
III.
 
Hope
“Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me and all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”
 
Verse 6
 
Verse 6 talks about hope.
Hope
means:

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