Our Confidence In God
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Delivered By
Pastor John Robinson
Delivered On
April 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Psalm 23:1
Six Cs For Our Life

Psalm 23:1 "The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want."

“The Lord is my shepherd”: (Compare Gen. 48:15; 49:24; Deut. 32:6; Psalms 28:9; 74:1; 77:20; 78:52; 79:13; 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 23:3; Ezek. chapter 34; Hos. 4:16; Micah 5:4; 7:14; Zech. 9:16), on the image of the Lord as a Shepherd. This imagery was used commonly in kingly applications and is frequently applied to Jesus in the New Testament (e.g., John chapter 10; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4).

The Hebrew word for “shepherd” is rohi. One of God’s names is Jehovah-Rohi, meaning “The Lord my shepherd” David recognized that God cared for him the same way David had cared for his sheep (Gen. 48:15; John 10:7-18; 1 Pet. 2:25).

“I shall not want” literally means “I shall not lack”. God’s loving, protective care is perfect; His sheep need nothing else (34:9-10; Phil 4:19; Rev. 7:16-17).

David could easily relate to the Lord as Shepherd. David had been a shepherd himself. We know that the sheep of a good shepherd do not want for anything. The shepherd takes care of their needs. We also know that on judgement day the great Shepherd (Jesus Christ), will separate His sheep from the goats. We will see in Jesus' own words that He is the good Shepherd.

John 10:11 "|I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."

What is a shepherd? He is a keeper of the sheep. The needs of the sheep are the first concern of a good shepherd. The sheep shall not want, because the shepherd takes care of all their needs. Just as the shepherd, such as David was, thinks first of the good and welfare of the sheep. The Lord Jesus (our Great Shepherd), thought first of the welfare of His sheep (all believers). David fought off the wild beasts (literally endangering his own life for his sheep). Jesus lay down His life for His sheep.