10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Isn't he really saying: The Lord is my shepherd...forever. 1. Hence it is said, "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to," etc. In giving this emphatic testimony to the nobleness of mercy David does but voice the dearest assurances of the human heart concerning the omnipotence of love. In 1970, he managed to escape before a faulty fuel pump engulfed his car into flames. II. A place of spiritual thirst. "Shall follow me." Just listen to the abundance, to the PLENTY of God's pasture: 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... (Ephesians 1:3), He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? MERCY. God is good, and therefore He must be merciful. How do we enjoy God's plenty today, every day, and forever? In Psalm 23 David writes "Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6 NIV). 92). But He also rose again. But not so man: man is a rational being. 5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. The querulous old man puts together all that he had gone through, finds it dark and disappointing, and concludes by saying, "I am this day so and so, and I wish that I had never been born." And the last thought is, that the best way to be able to end life with an utterance like this is to begin it well. Come. Sin is being a wayward and stubborn sheep. Learn to be grateful. Box 1671, Buckeye, Arizona. What a picture of abundance David paints for us here. But St. John says there is no temple in heaven. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:13). It is a "prepared" table; a table prepared with great love and great attention to detail; a table prepared for a great feast. And in 2003 he won $1,000,000 dollars in the Croatian lottery. II. "Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Man is never satisfied here. I carry within myself, in my own religious consciousness, a prophecy, an earnest of something greater than the life that now is.". Praise Him! The Shepherd Psalm, part 9, 23:6. by Chester McCalley. "I will dwell in it. "My God shall supply all your need out of His riches in glory by Jesus Christ." 1. We need to walk with that confidence that goodness and mercy will folllow us all the days of our life. Protecting mercy. Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance," etc. Under the Old Covenant, the temple was where God's special presence dwelt among His people. Yet … What is He saying? (I think if I keep talking about this food and drink long enough, as we get closer to lunchtime, this passage is going to seem better and better, right?). "For ever with the Lord!Amen, so let it be;Life from the dead is in that word,'Tis immortality." It means that right there in that place, right there in the middle of those situations where fear and worry and doubt and uncertainty would usually leave us spiritually starving, God not only protects us from lasting harm, but He also feeds us with His loving and lavish provision. In a sense, the way David ends this psalm adds a new fullness to the beginning of this psalm. No one can expect goodness and mercy to follow him save in virtue of God's promises. Audio Sermon. Wouldn't you like to go through hard times with this perspective? Firm faith. He escaped with only a broken arm and minor bruises. Goodness or Goriness, an element of God's nature. II. Jesus was nailed to a Roman cross for us. He takes care of us! All the days of my life — that is, all my life long — even to the last. It is a great thing to be one of Christ's flock, ever under the Shepherd's tender care. An abundance of protection! We take the faith and feeling of the man to expand and enlarge, till they embrace the great and ultimate future of the life that is to be, and he says, "I feel that I have been led onwards to that. In … SUPPORT UNDER LIFE'S TRIALS. "AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER." The continuance of it. This should be our aim, to attain to the realisation of the life hid with Christ in God; and to this God is separating us off, that our sojourn with Him may be eternal. © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved, The Shepherd's Provision (Psalm 23:1-3a) 8-7-11, Way of Grace Church | P.O. By Marni Montanez. In the first four verses of Ps. Well, in most cases when that phrase is used in the Old Testament it simply refers to either the portable Israelite temple (called the Tent of Meeting), or it refers to the brick-and-mortar temple in Jerusalem. There will be changes. We've also talked about the reality that if we embrace the fact that God is our divine Shepherd, it means we are also embracing our own 'sheep-ness'. Psalms 23:6. "Mercy". I. In … II. It is really astonishing to see how very seldom, in a professing Christian country, this question is seriously entertained, and on what slight and trivial grounds men are contented to take it for granted that all is safe with them. Hence men often lull their conscience; but there it is — they cannot destroy it, and ever and anon conscience speaks like thunder. We don't have to imagine how David felt. But apart from these considerations, let us come to the revelation of the Bible. These are just the two things into which God's beneficence, generally considered, naturally divides itself. Read Psalms 23:1-3a. Would David describe himself as blessed? How many of us are truly [convinced] that no matter what occurs in our lives we are being followed by goodness and mercy? In a sense, the way David ends this psalm adds a new fullness to the beginning of this psalm. Do you have that same confidence? But what does that show but that men will be so changed there that churches such as we have known here will not be needed? There is also the idea of settled purpose. This is just a statement of a fact; and if such persons believe that the dispensations of God's providence with reference to them are intended to cause "goodness and mercy to follow them all the days of their life," or that they will in fact do so, they are labouring under a fatal delusion. In the midst of very difficult circumstances, wouldn't you like to eat at God's table, instead of hiding under the table of fear and frustration? A Psalm by David. Then, in 2006 and 2008, she won again with two winning scratch off tickets that totaled $5 million dollars. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. He is still passing through it, isn't he? 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. So David moves seamlessly from describing God as a Shepherd, to describing Him as the Host of a banquet. These are the sort of times that test a person's confidence in the care of Christ....When my little world is falling apart and the dream castles of my ambitions and hopes crumble into ruins can I honestly declare, "Surely—yes—surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life"? There will be the going in and out, and finding pasture - all through; but the end is not here, but above. Psalm 22 Psalm 24 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. But right there, when we would expect David to feel most abandoned, he tells us here that he was enjoying a banquet of God's blessings: comfort, encouragement, hope, perspective, courage, joy, faith. Of course he would. The same Shepherd David spoke about is the same Shepherd speaking these words in John 10. They need a shepherd … Although nineteen others were killed in the accident, he suffered only minor injuries, landing in a haystack. A good man’s thoughts in his old age. In shifting from verses 1-4 to 5 and 6, David is not shifting from "first" into "reverse", or even "first" into "fifth". He makes me lie down in green pastures...forever. IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES, OR BY WHAT PERSONS, THIS STATEMENT MAY BE PROPERLY MADE. Because it is the temple of His worship. (Philippians 4:19), And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. Jim Crowder Psalm 23:6 "Surely," etc. Enlarge it towards the north, on the frontier of Satan. And this morning I want to wrap things up by focusing on the final two verses of this Psalm: verses 5 and 6. It has everything to do with Jesus Christ. But look at how that confidence expresses itself in the last half of verse 6. He has bound Himself by His own promise to be merciful and forgiving. 9 I am the door. He could not else be good. He laid down His life. Do you see that? "But in the house of the Lord," says David, "I will dwell forever." Jesus taught immortality: no one taught it as He did; no one preached it as He preached it. A cup full of endless refreshment. The Pilgrim's Rearguard, Goodness and Mercy, David's Confidence in the Prospect of the Future, Religious Conceptions Coloured by Secular Vocation, The pilgrim's rearguard, goodness and mercy. His only injury was hair loss. You see, away from God's flock, we live in a barren land. We want Anchor Church to be a community where people can find hope in Jesus. "Green pastures". (Luke 7:46). ...What do I say when suddenly, without good grounds, friends prove false and turn against me? Like some chemical characters, in certain temperatures they are illegible; but raise the temperature and they appear in all their reality. It is simply impossible for Him ever to decree or wish to do anything evil. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. ", 1. What does David mean when he talks about "the house of the Lord"? 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. Then comes the assurance of expectation and hope. 2. Which side of the fence? And then the last line of verse 6 reminds us of heaven. A. Sheep obviously cannot voice out their needs. Sin is trying to live a me-centered life in a God-centered universe. "THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER." That's clear because he is still talking about the abundance of God's provision and protection. He himself managed to land in a tree, and watched as his car exploded 300 feet below him. The Psalm itself consists of two pictures--what we call “the shepherd,” and what we should not … "a Matter Of Life And Death" Contributed by David Henderson on Nov 3, 2020. But not just any table. 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. But it's also a picture of God's abundant protection. Luck has nothing to do with it. Because verse 5 tells us that this lavish feast, this amazing table has been prepared "in the presence of [David's] enemies". If it did, then this psalm would be a waste of our time...unless, of course, we were one of the lucky ones...like David must have been. Sustaining mercy. If he were a mere intellectual being, and nothing more, then he might dwell here. "Thou art with me.". ", 2. Clarke's Psalms 23:6 Bible Commentary Goodness and mercy shall follow me - As I pass on through the vale of life, thy goodness and mercy shall follow my every step; as I proceed, so … No, he is going smoothly from "first" gear into "second" gear. Not only is David rejoicing in and confident in God's abundance, God's plenty today, AND God's plenty every day, but as we see here, he is confident that he will enjoy God's plenty forever. "Hath He promised, and shall He not bring it to pass?" If you have the pledge that "goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life," should not those days be spent for the glory of Him — whose you are, and whom you serve? Sermon on Psalm 23 – The Lord is My Shepherd. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Keep your eyes on the Shepherd. That "pasture" is only possible because the Good Shepherd laid down His life for the sheep. The Psalmist's strong confidence of dwelling there "forever." So since David lived before the Temple in Jerusalem was built, was he saying that he was going to take up residence in the Tent of Meeting for eternity...or maybe that he was going to be buried at the Tent of Meeting...maybe that's what he means by "dwell". A place of fear and worry and selfishness and confusion and restlessness and despair; a place of danger; a place where ultimately, our waywardness; our stubbornness...leads us straight to the valley of God's justice. Before, then, any person is entitled to assert, with reference to his own afflictions, that God does everything for the best, and to apply this as a ground of comfort and consolation to himself, he must not only love God, but know and be convinced that God loves him. How many Christians actually feel this way about Christ? Cancel. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. There is no restoring there, no troubling there; no dark misty shade of death to chill the sunlight of the road. Let it be a life of patient witness for God. The most amazing thing is that Psalm 23 is an 'open door' into the fields of the divine Shepherd. Day by day you will have to go into the Holy Place to offer the incense. (Ps. It just doesn't seem possible when you hear these stories for the first time. Because it is the scene of His familiar glory. God does not skimp, does He? Last year, she did it again. But it is. A "cup overflowing". He makes me lie down in green pastures...forever. STRENGTH FOR LIFE'S WORK. Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. He was afraid and worried to go back into bed on his own. In January, 1962, he was traveling on a train that suddenly derailed and plunged into an icy river, killing seventeen passengers. No wonder, then, that David felt so secure when thinking of the future. What does that mean? 6 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. In verse 5, the metaphor has changed. But we have been given the whole cup. 1. An abundance of provision! Isn't he really saying: The Lord is my shepherd...forever. "Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity," etc. How do we know? 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