I admire people who can sing. Even though I am not musical, I understand how music speaks to us. Music can fill in the gaps in a movie to make us frightened or it can bring us great relaxation.
The Bible contains many poems and songs in a book called Psalms (pronounced salms ~ the “p” is silent). One of the most famous and beloved psalms was written by King David who was a shepherd boy chosen by God to be a great King of Israel.
Bible Reading: Psalm 23, John 10:11
Psalm 23 ~ A Psalm of David
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures:
he leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul:
he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, 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 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 will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
In the 23rd Psalm, we see
- rest and refreshment (verse 2)
- healing, restoration and guidance (verse 3)
- testing with protection and faithfulness, discipline with comfort (verse 4)
- gives us hope that we are set apart for a purpose and in that purpose, there is abundance (verse 5)
- blessings and security, even into eternity (verse 6)
- What do you know about sheep? Fun facts about sheep
- What words in this psalm teach us about God’s love? God’s care? God’s total sufficiency?
- Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 Do you know what Jesus meant by these words? “lays down his life”
Good verses to remember:
Psalm 100:1-5 A Psalm of Praise
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know that the LORD is God: it is he that made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.
Psalms – a sacred Christian/Jewish song or hymn in Christian worship; a book of the Bible (If you open to the middle of the Bible, it usually opens to this book.)
shepherd – one who protects and cares for sheep
sufficiency – to have enough