Psalms: Christ Our Worship
The book of Psalms is the key to understanding God's desire for true spiritual worship. No book of the Bible is more often used by God's people than the Psalms. There are two themes present in these 150 Psalms or songs: Worship and Praise. Psalm 100 beautifully joins these two themes. The Psalms are books within a book.
But most of all the book of Psalms is seen through the 23rd Psalm. The first Psalm we learn as children becomes the last word we lean on in that dark valley called death. This Psalm yields the three choice secrets of a believer's life: the secret of happiness in life, peacefulness in death and security in eternity.
- THE PERSPECTIVE:
- In Psalm 22 We meet the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. This mirrors Christ in John 10:11. This is the PAST aspect of His ministry. My Savior. Past Grace
- In Psalm 23 is the Great Shepherd living to Equip His sheep. This explains Heb. 13:20-21. This is His PRESENT ministry. My Shepherd. Present Guidance.
- In Psalm 24 we meet the Chief Shepherd Returning to Reward His sheep. This explains I Peter 5:4. This is the FUTURE aspect of His ministry. My King, Future Glory.
- THE PSALM :
- Psalm23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (CONTENTMENT)
- Psalm 23:2a He maketh me to lie down in green pastures (REST):
- Psalm 23:2b He leadeth me beside the still waters. (REFRESHMENT)
- Psalm 23:3a He restoreth my soul: (RENEWAL)
- Psalm 23:3b He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.(RIGHTEOUSNESS)
- Psalm 23:4a Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (COMPANIONSHIP)
- Psalm 23:4b I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (COMFORT)
- Psalm 23:5a Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: (SECURITY)
- Psalm 23:5b thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (POWER)
- Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: (HOPE)
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (DESTINY)
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