The Shepherd Promo
Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation and Christians United For Israel present an exciting new series on Psalm 23 entitled – The Shepherd. With Jerusalem as a backdrop, Psalm 23 will come alive with relevance and meaning for our lives, and our walk with God as we serve Him.
Psalm 23 – Introductions Matter
Many think that Psalm 23 begins “The Lord is my Shepherd,” but the sacred text actually opens with “A psalm of David.” This particular phrase tells us King David’s spiritual mindset as he composed Psalm 23; a time when he was facing crisis and was seeking God’s help.
Psalm 23:1 – We Lack Nothing
Only two people in the Bible refer to God as “My Shepherd” – the patriarch Jacob prior to his passing and David in this psalm. Both of these great Biblical men lived lives of many challenges, but they were still able to conclude that God provided for all their needs.
Psalm 23:2 –Transitions are Opportunities
Content in the simple comforts of nature, the last thing sheep want to do is travel anywhere. But once they arrive, they appreciate the shepherd leading them to the “still waters.” A life with God is one that is in constant motion and full of transitions.
Psalm 23:3 – Detours for God
The Hebrew words used for “restore” and “paths” in this verse are quite unusual in Scripture. God will sometime intervene in our lives making us take circuitous routes back to Him. The Loving Shepherd does this to fully unleash the potential that He has in store for us. All to glorify His will.
Psalm 23:4 – Dark Times, Speak to Him
Often, a life in the faith of God is speaking about Him in praise or contemplation, but in those challenging moments we need to speak to the Lord. God’s “rod” and “staff” prevent us from straying from our mission and support us so we do not stumble. Through it all, The Shepherd is always with us.
Psalm 23:5 – Setting the Table
The imagery of “setting the table” appears two other times in Scripture, Isaiah 21:5 and Psalm 78:19. Not only does God bring us back to our mission for Him, He gives us responsibility, empowers us, and provides an anointing so we can battle against the forces of evil for His Name’s sake.
Psalm 23:6 – Dwelling in the House of the Lord
The full picture of “dwelling in the House of the Lord” is depicted in Psalm 27:4-5. Both the overt blessings and the difficulties in life are all gifts from Him for He is The Shepherd, leading us on the journeys we need to go through.