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Psalm 100:1-5
1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

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 book of Psalms (pronounced salms ~ the “p” is silent) contains many poems and songs written by King David.  One of the most famous is the 23rd Psalm.

Psalm 23  A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures:
he leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul:
he leads 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 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.
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 a relationship with God based on love, care and total sufficiency.  In verse 2, we see rest and refreshment.  Verse 3 healing, restoration and guidance.  Verse 4 testing with protection and faithfulness, discipline with comfort.  Verse 5 gives us hope that we are set apart for a purpose and in that purpose, there is abundance. Verse 6 shows we have blessings and security, even into eternity.

The words of the 23rd Psalm are meaningful to help us understand not only God’s great love for us, but also the love of Christ.  In John 10:11, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

Questions:

  1. What does the Bible mean when it says we are sheep?    Psalm 100:3
  2. What do you know about sheep?
  3. What was the role of a good shepherd?
  4.  What did Jesus do when he said he would lay down his life for the sheep?  John 10:11

 

 

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