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PSALM 23: THE SHEPHERD PSALM

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The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, KJV)

INTRODUCTION (By Chuck Swindoll)

“The 23rd Psalm is one people turn to when alone and afraid, when in harm’s way in the battlefield, when surrounded by splintered remains in a disaster, when lying in a hospital bed facing surgery, in prison when the doors slam shut,  and when overwhelmed by grief.”

RESEARCH AND REPORT BY INDIVIDUALS ON THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Tom Constable: studylight.org/commentaries/doc/psalms23.html

God as leader (v.1), God as provider (v.5), Believer’s response (v.6)

  1. Lance Landall, all-creatures.org, The Shepherd’s Psalm; Paraphrased expanded poetry
  2. The Lord is My Pilot from Missions to Sea Farers
  3. Larry Moyer, Sermon at Murray Bible Church (Rest, Direction, Fears, Future)
  4. Bill Gaultieri, http://www.soulshepherding.org

The Lord is My Space Director 

The Lord is my Space Director

I shall not want

He places me in the seat of my Space Capsule,

His GPS gives me guidance.

Yea though I travel past comets, the moon, and the space station,

I will not fear encounters with Satan’s missiles.

He prepares meals for me that float in my cabin.

He delivers me from wandering space debris.

He bathes me with the oxygen of His Spirit.

My cargo exceeds my needs.

And I will dwell forever in the docking station of my Father forever. 

If God is my Shepherd, how should I respond to Him?

QUESTIONS

Make a detailed outline of Psalm 23.

Having studied Psalm 23, what kind of paraphrase would you construct?

What do Gen. 48:15; Isa.40:10-11; Jer. 50: 6, 19; Ezek. 34:6-16; and John 10 say

about shepherds? David Roper, The Lord is My Shepherd, Radio Bible Class, 1984

How would you use Psalm 23 to comfort someone?