Are We There Yet? (Week 1)
Are We There Yet? (Week 1)
Psalm 23 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 me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. • Lord – (Hebrew, Jehovah) Generally speaking, a lord is someone with authority, control, or power over others. Jesus is the Lord of lords (Cf. 1 Timothy 6:15). Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Cf. Exodus 6:3; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12:2; 26:4
Recognizing Jesus is Lord is an essential part of our salvation. Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Cf. Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Philippians 2:9-11
• Shepherd – (Hebrew, ra`ah) The Easton’s Bible Dictionary describes a shepherd’s function: "In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. Nor did his labors always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief."
Christ's relation to His people is often represented by the figure of a shepherd. Cf. John 10:1-21; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4
• I shall not want – (Hebrew, chacer) to lack, be without. Hebrews 13:20-21 20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Cf. Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28
If He has called you on this journey, He will provide for the trip.
Ephesians 1:3-10 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.