Week of 2/25-3/2: Psalms 23 – TRUST

Sermon for 3/2/08
1 A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.  (NLT)
NOTES:
Israel was a shepherding people. David himself was a shepherd, and thus understood the care and attention implied by the metaphor – as would David’s audience. One of the distinguishing features of Israel‘s theology was the use of such humble images for God – not contrary to images like “king” but along side them.
Questions for reflection:  
·     If we were to rewrite this psalm with a modern metaphor to replace shepherd, what might that be?
·     How do we experience this level of trust in God that David describes?
·     When have we known God’s presence through dark valleys?
PRAYER: God our loving Shepherd, we trust in you today. May we look to you as David did, as sheep look to their shepherd in utter trust and dependence. May our lives reflect and demonstrate this trust to those around us. Forgive us when we become stubborn like mules rather than trusting in your wisdom and your word to guide us. Amen.
Upcoming Texts:
 
Week of 3/3-3/9: Psalm 130 – Wait and Hope
Week of 3/10-3/6: Psalm 118 – Give Thanks

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