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Lessons From a Shepherd

Psalms 23 ESV

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.3 He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 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 anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow meall the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalms 63 

5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed,and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

Let’s talk about: 

  • The powerful love affair

  • The Shepherd 

  • The reliance of the sheep that belong to Him.  

Psalms 100 ESV

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness!Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

This is personal!

The Lord is “my shepherd”

This is a deep revelation from a shepherd about THE shepherd!

1. David had a deep understanding of the nature of the sheep!


A. Can’t navigate for themselves. (Sheep follow)

B. Can’t feed themselves. 

C. Can’t navigate seasons

(Don’t  have the migration sense like birds or whales do.)

(They can’t think ahead as to where they need to be)

D. Can’t defend themselves.

(Don’t have k9 teeth)

E. Can’t swim well

F. Can’t nurse themselves back to health.  

G.They are very dependent on their social structure. 

The shepherd 

Their bell cow leader 

No less than five (can’t be alone) (very social)

No more than 100 (can’t get along) (can’t establish a lead sheep)

2. David had this deep understanding of the role of a shepherd!



A. The shepherd leads the flock. 

B. The shepherd feeds and waters the flock. 

C. The shepherd protects the flock. 

D. The shepherd cares for their physical and emotional well-being.  

3. Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd. 

John 10 ESV

10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

The Good shepherd:

A. Has a personal connection to the sheep.

B. doesn’t run when the sheep are under attack. 

C. Gives us abundant life.

John 10 ESV

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 

Come in and out and find good pasture. 

John 10 ESV

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

The LORD is “MY” shepherd. 

“The LORD” is my Shepherd. 

Because The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want!


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