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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.

Bible Reading

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 the Lord 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 us that we have blessings and security, even into eternity.

The words of the 23rd Psalm are also meaningful because Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”  John 10:11

Discussion

  1. What do you know about sheep?
  2. What is the role of a shepherd?
  3.  Since the Bible speaks of us as sheep, how did Jesus lay down his life for us?  John 10:11   Mark 15:24

Verses to remember:

Psalm 100:3

Psalm 100:1-5
1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.

New words:

Psalms – a sacred Christian/Jewish song or hymn in Christian worship; the name of a book of the Bible
sufficiency – to have enough

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