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The Secret to Security and Satisfaction (5 of 5)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
July 26, 2005
As we prepare to share in the Lord's Supper .. let's take one more look at the 23rd Psalm. These six verses .. full of imagery and truth .. unlock the secret to security and satisfaction. If you really want security .. if you really want lasting satisfaction ... then the 23rd Psalm is for you.
David begins in verse 1 by declaring, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want .." I want to ask, "David ... what do you mean by that? What do you mean when you say, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want?"
I can hear David say, "Ernest, when I say, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want" .. I mean several things:
(1) I SHALL NOT WANT FOR REST ...
for "He makes me lie down in green pastures."
(2) I SHALL NOT WANT FOR RESTORATION ...
for "He restores my soul." He refreshes me! He revives me! He restores me!
(3) I SHALL NOT WANT FOR PROTECTION ...
for "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (deep darkness) I will fear no evil for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." "That's why when I cannot see which way to go .. I walk and not run because I have peace which overcomes any panic."
(4) I SHALL NOT WANT FOR PROVISION ...
for "He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies." We have a shepherd that goes ahead of us .. pulling up weeds .. cutting down briars getting the table ready for us when we get there.
But notice that He not only prepares the table .. He prepares the guests! And who are the guests of the shepherd? His sheep! And who are His sheep! Those who call upon Him and follow Him!
Look how He prepares us in verse 5b, "You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over." We know the verse .. but what does it mean? What does shepherd David mean here when He says, "You anoint my head with oil?" Well .. what does anointing have to do with prepari ...
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