“We Shall Not Lack” sermon outline

Psalm 23: “We Shall Not Lack”
Psalm 23:1-6
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s
sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 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 have anointed my
head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will
dwell in the house of the LORD forever. NASU
I. The Lord Is Our Shepherd
The name “Lord” means “I am who I am.”
(Definition) Chiefly, the name refers to God’s timelessness, on the one hand, and to his self-sufficiency, on the other.
Timelessness means that God is always the same in the characteristics or attributes which he alone possesses. He will be unchanged and unchangeable forever.
Self-sufficiency means that God needs nothing.
Luke 15:4-5
John 10:2-4,14
A. We Will Not Lack…
1. …Rest – v. 2
Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.”
 
(Quote) Keller, “It is almost impossible for sheep to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.”
Freedom from fear.
Freedom from friction with other sheep.
Freedom from flies.
Freedom from feeling hungry.
2. A Restored Soul – v. 3a
Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul…”
3. Guidance – 3b
Psalm 23:3b, “He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
4. Peace & Comfort – v. 4
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
(Grammar Study) We see in the language of David that he now replaces the third person pronoun “He” for the second person pronoun “You” and “Your”.
He begins by saying; “He makes me lie down,” “He leads me”, “He guides me”; and once the shadow of the valley begins to show, David says, “You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
5. Provision – v. 5
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
6. Goodness and Lovingkindness – v. 6a
Psalm 23:6a, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life…”
7. An Eternal Home – v. 6b
Psalm 23:6b, “…And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

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