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THE LORD IS NOT ONLY MY SHEPHERD; I AM HIS SHEEP (8 of
How To Face The Days That Are Ahead (Psalm 23)
I. THE SHEPHERD'S ACQUAINTANCE WITH EACH OF HIS SHEEP!
(A) He Counts His Sheep At Night
(B) He Calls His Sheep By Name
II. THE SHEPHERD'S ATTENTION TO EACH OF HIS SHEEP!
(A) The Hurts He Attends
(B) The Healing He Applies
III. THE SHEPHERD'S AFFECTION FOR EACH OF HIS SHEEP!
(A) How Interested He Is In Each Sheep
(B) How Intimate He Is With Each Sheep
1. It was a bright June morning in 1872, when as a
young wife and mother, Annie Hawks became filled with
a sense of the nearness of the presence of the Lord.
As she enjoyed this special sense of His presence she
began thinking about how anyone could live without the
Lord, either in joy or pain. Suddenly, the words "I
need Thee every hour" were ushered into her mind and
took possession of her. It was from that experience
that she wrote the great hymn, I Need Thee Every Hour:
I need Thee, O I need Thee,
Every hour I need Thee!
O bless me now my, my Saviour -
I come to Thee!
2. As we have looked at the twenty-third Psalm and how
to face the days of our life, we have seen that we
need the Lord. Like Annie Hawks, I do not know how
anyone faces life without the Lord. As for me, I would
not want to face life without the Lord. When I look
back over my life and think about what could be ahead,
I am thankful and rejoice that I am able to say with
David, "The LORD is my Shepherd."
3. The twenty-third Psalm not only reminds us of that
we need the Lord, but it also reminds us that the Lord
is all we need to face the days that are ahead. You
may recall that when we began I stated that the
Twenty-third Psalm consisted of 118 words and 116 of
them explain the first two. Once declaring what the
Psalm is all about, "The LORD," David then begins to
describe what the Lord means and has meant to him as
His Shepherd. All throu ...
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