PSALM 23

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Psalm 23

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

 

I AM SUPPLIED - Vss. 1-3

 

I AM SAFE - Vss. 4-5

 

I AM SATISFIED - Vs. 6

 

 

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Psalm 23

MY SHEPHERD

 

Jesus is the good shepherd who gave His life for the sheep. John 10:11

Those who trust Him as Savior are "the sheep of  his pasture."

In this great psalm we find:

 

THE PROMISE OF THE SHEPHERD Vs. 1

THE PROVISION BY THE SHEPHERD Vss. 2-3

THE PRESENCE OF THE SHEPHERD Vss. 4-5

THE PRESERVATION BY THE SHEPHERD Vs. 6                      

 

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Psalm 23:3 etc.

MY SOUL IN PSALMS

 

The term "my soul" appears 102 times in the Book of Psalms.  It presents to us a wealth of Spiritual insight and encouragement.  Here are just a few key thoughts about my soul as found in Psalms (You can find more.)

 

MY SOUL RESTORED - Psalm 23:3

 

MY SOUL REQUESTING (in prayer) - Psalm 25:1, Psalm 143:8

 

MY SOUL REPORTING (testifying) - Psalm 34:2, Psalm 107:2

 

MY SOUL REJOICING - Psalm 35:9

 

MY SOUL RESPONDING (in hope) - Psalm 42:5

 

MY SOUL RELAXING (waiting) - Psalm 62:1,5, Psalm 130:5-6

 

MY SOUL REMEMBERING - Psalm 103:2

 

(Remember that Sermon Seeds are just seeds or ideas. Take this outline and reduce or expand on it as the Lord leads you. You could even preach a whole series on my soul in Psalms.)

 

 

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Psalm 23:5

OUR PROVISION IN CHRIST

 

"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."

 

Many times we are negative people.  We center our thoughts around our problems.

We fret over what is wrong. We let the weight of burdens overcome us.

Instead we must learn to appreciate what we have, instead of what we lack.

In Christ we have so much. Just a part of what we have in Christ is listed in Psalm 23:5

 

THE FULLNESS WE HAVE IN CHRIST

"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:"

 

The table of replenishment - 1 Kings 19:4-8 - Elijah needed rest and food. We need Spiritual rest and Spiritual food.

 

The table of restoration - John 21:15-17 - Peter needed to be restored. Often we need the same type of restoration after we sin.

 

The table of remembrance - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

The table prepared for us in the presence of our enemies:

The world - 1 John 2:15-17

The flesh - Galatians 5:24-25, 6:7-8

The devil - 1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:12

 

THE FRESHNESS WHICH WE HAVE IN CHRIST

"...thou anointest my head with oil;"

 

Oil is often symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

God has baptized us with the Spirit of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13

As He fills us we will have the freshness of supernatural praise, thanksgiving and submission. Ephesians 5:18-21.

God will continue to anoint us as we are filled with the Spirit. This will produce freshness. Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18

 

THE FREEDOM WHICH WE HAVE IN CHRIST

"...my cup runneth over."

 

Just as a cup filled from a bubbling spring will overflow, so will our lives overflow as the Spirit of God produces fruit. Galatians 5:22-23

 

This outline is adapted from sermon notes by my mentor, the late George Headley Jr.

He is still fondly remembered and appreciated.

 

 

 

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