Message for June 10, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

Psalms 23:1-6 “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with [oil; My cup overflows.Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord”.

       While studying the twenty third Psalms over the past few weeks I have learned about the special relationship between a shepherd and his sheep. As the caretaker of the sheep a shepherd loves them and always keeps a watchful eye over them. He leads them and guides them along the way they should go.There is so much we can learn about our relationship with Christ from the lesson about shepherds and sheep. Jesus says in John 10:11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His [own] life for the sheep”.

    Verse one in the twenty third Psalms sets the theme for the rest of the chapter. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. When we make Him our Shepherd we have no lack. Because He is our Shepherd we can trust Him with complete control of our lives. No matter what may come and go He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. What great comfort to know that we have the Good Shepherd who takes care of us. Whatever you are asking the Good Shepherd for in your life  know that He will always be with you. Know that He will always provide just what you need. He is the Good Shepherd and He has already laid down His life for yours.

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6


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