Sermon Notes 12/29/13
Delivered by Bishop Walker
This psalm was written when David thought he had been forsaken by God. Many Theologians think this is David’s maturity psalms. It was in that field with sheep (as a sheep herder) that David discovered God was Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord my Shepard) to him.
Here in this scripture we see that the people mentioned in this scripture are sheep and we see that the Lord is our Shepherd. This means Lord will feed his sheep like a shepherd does for his sheep.- Psalm 100:3 NKJV The Lord declares that we are his sheep.1 Peter 2:25 NKJV For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
This Psalm also introduces God as our Shepherd. Like a shepherd for sheep, we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for our Shepherd.
4 things about God that will bring you through that which will change your prospective.
I. A The Lord is my Shepherd
- This is place of position. When you recognize the Lord as your Shepherd, you see him as Lord-over.
- There is nothing a child can go through that God is not over. What is over your head is under His feet.
- If God is over it, then this means He is omnipotent. God sees things we need before we even ask. Before you were born God knew what you needed.
- He has the power to make things go away. He has the power to block all things.
II. The Lord is
- “Is” implies a constant of being. God “is” and not “was”. “Was” suggests that God has shown up, but left the building. “Is” means that God is always in the state of being present.
- Because of God’s “is-ness“, He can’t be pushed to a state of “was-ness“, because he won’t end.
- God has everything under observation. God never lets us get caught up in something he doesn’t have power to get us out of.
- He is omnipresence. Where I am, God is there. Psalms 149:7-9 NKJV says To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saint.Praise the Lord!- God is everywhere at same time. God is!
- The enemy will try to make you doubt that God is there. Ex- There was a story of the woman who’s son was shot and killed. The Mother kept saying, “God where were you when my son was killed?” Soon there came a voice from heaven that said, ” I was in the place I was when my son was killed.” The lesson here is, no matter how bad things may seem, God is always there. God is in that bad situation just like he was at Calvary.
III. It’s Personal
- He is my Shepherd. God is an original and can’t be copied. God in class by himself. God can correct me when I go astray. There is nobody greater than Him! He can’t be compared!
- A shepherd makes sheep understand the power of being obedient. You can’t claim to have relationship with the Shepherd when you don’t want to do what the Shepherd wants you to do. You got to submit to the Shepherd.
- God not only leads us, he shepherds us. When we act up, He will take his staff and pull us back into line. If that don’t work, like a shepherd, he might whip you with the other end of the staff. You ought to be glad that God thought enough of you to whip you!
IV He is my protector
- God is always working on your behalf. He protects you. We must understand we don’t belong to ourselves. The Shepherd has complete control. You don’t look like what you been through, because He takes care of his own.
- God obligates himself. He obligates himself to take care of you. When you understand who your Shepherd is, you will not put others in his place. John 10:11NKJV says “ I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.- We are obligated to set at the table
- The Shepherd never wastes oil. God anoints you for a reason. The big things that you go through, is because your assignment is going to be big. If you don’t get what you need in the valley, then you won’t have the strength you need to get through the things on the mountain!
God is our Jehovah-Rohi!