The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd. (Part 1)

June 14, 2018

A Psalm of David.

(NASB)

23 1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (death-shadow (of distress, extreme danger) (figuratively), I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

We all go through difficult periods in our lives. Once we make a decision to make Christ our LORD and Savior, naturally, we want to believe the difficulties will cease. Ironically, it just ain’t so, you will know and understand what it means to pass through “the shadow of death”. There is now a target on your back and you need to be made aware and prepared for them. The 23rd Psalm is a perfect description of True Life in Christ. David declares The LORD is his (our) shepherd, subsequently, He becomes the supplier of all of our needs and provides rest for our souls (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 11: 28-30). Depending upon the church you attend, you will not only receive The Holy Spirit when you are Born Again, you also should be Baptized into The Holy Spirit. Water baptism is of course a necessity because The LORD commanded it to be so. Nevertheless, there is no power (dunamis) in water baptism. For many water baptism is the doorway to salvation, but for the sake of not arguing about it, we won’t beat the proverbial dead horse. Therefore, whether you were saved because you confessed Rom. 10: 9-10, or via The Great Commission,…The LORD is still your Shepherd. My goal here is only to get The Body of Christ to focus on this one scriptural and practical truth:

Ephesians 4:11 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” Amos 3: 3 “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (NKJV)

Brother Amos I think most of us will agree, the answer is no. However, if we do not get past our differences we, all a in direct opposition to the written Word of God, are we not? On the other hand, will we continually give God the finger? If we who say, We are The Body of Christ, Children of The Living God and Servants of The LORD Jesus Christ refuse to acknowledge our wrongdoing in this area…that is exactly what we are doing:

Romans 3:3 “What if some did not believe and were without faith? Does their lack of faith and their faithlessness nullify and make ineffective and void the faithfulness of God and His fidelity [to His Word]? By no means! LET GOD BE FOUND TRUE THOUGH EVERY HUMAN BEING IS FALSE AND A LIAR, as it is written, That You may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say, and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men]. 5 But if our unrighteousness thus establishes and exhibits the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust and wrong to inflict His wrath upon us [Jews] (or Gentiles)? I speak in a [purely] human way. 6 By no means! Otherwise, how could God judge the world?” (or Gentiles) add by the author. (AMPC)

Does your faction (denomination) really want to challenge God in His sayings? To be continue…

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