Precious Promises

Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

Introduction: One of the most comforting and assuring chapters in all the Bible is Psalm 23. Our “Lord” (Yehovah – self existing God) reminds us thru David that He is our HEALER, our HELPER and our HOPE!
1. WITH ME is “My Lord”! (Psa 23:1)
“The Lord is my shepherd”!
• Promises to never leave us (Heb 13:5)
• Promises nothing can separate us from His love (Rom 8:38, 39)

2. BENEATH Me and BESIDE ME are “Green pastures and still waters”! (Psa 23:2)
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.”
• Promises to guide us (Rom 8:14)
• Promises to quench our thirst (John 7:37, 38)

3. REFRESHING ME ” He restoreth my soul”! (Psa 23:3)
“He restoreth my soul.”
• Promises to lift our heavy burdens (Psa 55:22)
• Promises to restore us (Isa 58:12)

4. BEFORE ME is a “Table”! (Psa 23:5a)
” Thou preparest a table before me.”
• Promises to feed us (John 6:35)
• Promises to supply our needs, not wants (Phil 4:19)

5. AROUND ME are my “Enemies” and “Fear” (Psa 23:4, 5b)
“In the presence of mine enemies.”
• Promises He’s not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7)
• Promises to defeat our enemies (Rev 19:11-21)

6. AFTER ME is “Surely Goodness and Mercy”! (Psa 23:6)
“Surely Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
• Promises to extend mercy ( Eph 2:4)
• Promises to work for our good ( Rom 8:28)

7. BEYOND ME is the “House of the Lord”! (Psa 23:6)
” And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
• Promises a home in heaven (John 14:1-3)
• Promises us eternal life (John 10:27,28)

Conclusion: Just as a good shepherd has the best interest of his sheep in mind, we’re reminded that our GREAT SHEPHERD has our (His sheep) best interest in mind! So, be encouraged with these “Precious Promises” because…… Jesus is “With me, beside me, sets before me, knows who’s around me, but is seeking after me, until I dwell with Him beyond me in the house of the Lord forever!”
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese