He Refreshes And Restores
March 20, 2011
INTRODUCTION: As we study Ps 23, always remember that it is a sheep in the Good Shepherd's care who is speaking. It is essentially a Christian's claim of belonging in the family of God. As such, he boasts of the benefits of such a relationship.
Although sheep thrive in dry country, they still require water. It will be noticed that here again the key or clue to where water can be obtained lies with the shepherd. The role of water in the animal's body and why it is so essential for its well being must be understood. The body of an animal such as a sheep is composed of about 70% water on average. Water determines the vitality, strength, and vigor of the sheep and is essential to its health and general well being. Without it, the sheep becomes weak and impoverished.
Just as the physical body has a capacity and need for water, so Scripture points out to us clearly that the human personality, the human soul, has a capacity and need for the water of the Spirit of the eternal God.
When sheep are thirsty they become restless and set out in search of water to satisfy their thirst. If not led to the good water supplies of clean, pure water, they will often end up drinking from the polluted pot holes where they pick up such internal parasites, liver flukes, or other disease germs.
In precisely the same manner, Christ, our Good Shepherd, made it clear that thirsty souls of men and women can only be fully satisfied when their capacity and thirst for spiritual life is fully quenched by drawing on Himself.
Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
I. THE SHPEHERD REFRESHES HIS SHEEP. 2b
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