The Lord Is My Shepherd – I Shall Not Want!
Pastor Jerry Ghirardo
May 3rd, 2020
Psalm 23
Verse of the Week
19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 4:19

The threefold ministry of Jesus in the past, present and future as Good Shepherd, Great Shepherd and Chief Shepherd is laid out in Psalms 22, 23 and 24.

1) In Psalm 22, Jesus is the GOOD SHEPHERD who willingly sacrificed his life for his disciples in the past.

  • Psalm 22 is a graphic description and prophetic revelation of Christ, the Son of God, suffering and being crucified on the cross.  It describes his ministry in his death.
  • In John 10:11 – Jesus identifies himself as “the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

 2) In Psalm 23, Jesus is the GREAT SHEPHERD who rose from the dead and provides daily for his disciples in the present. 

  •  In Hebrews 13:20, the writer refers to Jesus as the “Great Shepherd of the sheep,” and says that He became the Great Shepherd through being “brought again from the dead.”
  • Jesus gives us life and lives in us and through us.  He is our Great Shepherd who supplies all our needs in this life.
  • Psalm 23 explains the living relationship that we have with our Lord Jesus in his present ministry.

3) In Psalm 24, we are introduced to Christ as the CHIEF SHEPHERD, who brings salvation and glory to his disciples in the future.                     

  • In Peter 5:4 – “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory, that will never fade away.” 
  • Psalm 24 – the psalmist describes Jesus as “the King of glory, the Lord Almighty” and the one who provides “blessings and vindication as God our Savior.”  Here Jesus is described in his future ministry.

4) Psalm 23 provides a beautiful and detailed description of Christ’s ABUNDANT PROVISION and supply for daily, victorious Christian living.

REST
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for REST,
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures. (v.2)

REFRESHMENT
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for REFRESHMENT,
“He leads me beside the still waters.” (v.3)

RESTORATION
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for RESTORATION,
“He restores my soul.” (v.3)

GUIDANCE
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for GUIDANCE,
“He leads me in the paths of righteousness.”  (v.3)

COURAGE
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for COURAGE,
“I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.” (v.4)

COMFORT
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for COMFORT,
“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (v.4)

SUPPLY
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for SUPPLY,
“You prepare a table before me.”  (v.5)

PROTECTION
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for PROTECTION,
“In the presence of my enemies.” (v.5)

POWER
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for POWER,
“You anoint my head with oil.” (v.5)

MERCY
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want for GOODNESS and MERCY,
“My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”  (v.5,6)

FOREVER
The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore, I shall not want FOREVER,
“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (v.6)
An Exposition of Psalm Twenty-Three by R.T Ketcham, D.D.

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