Heart Of A Shepherd (7 of 13) by Jeff Strite

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Heart Of A Shepherd (7 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
Psalm 23:1-6

OPEN: I once read the story about a 1st-grader stood in front of his classroom. The class had been taking turns in front of the room answering the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
This little boy stood up and said, "I'm going to be a lion tamer and have lots of fierce lions and tigers. I'll walk into the cage and they will growl and roar."
Then he paused for a moment and added, "But of course, I'll have my mommy with me."

APPLY: That little boy had been to the circus and he'd watched a lion tamer enter a cage full of ferocious lions and tigers. He'd been impressed with how brave and in control that man had appeared. What he was telling his class was that - one day - he wanted to be like that man. He wanted to be fearless. He wanted to be brave. He wanted to be in control.
But THEN it suddenly occurred to him: Hey - that's all well and good but a guy could get hurt in a place like that… unless someone bigger and stronger were there with him. Someone like his mother.

Hold that thought in the back of your mind for a minute.

I. Outside of church, where would you most likely to hear the 23rd Psalm quoted?
That's right, at funerals. I've heard a lot of preachers complain about that. Because, you see, the 23rd psalm is NOT a psalm about death… it's a psalm about life.

Think about it. David is sitting on the side of a hill - watching his father's flock.
Are these sheep dead? … are they even sick? No… there's not a thing wrong with this flock. They are ALIVE. They are cared for.
David's sitting there thinking about how GOOD life is for those sheep. They're peaceful. They're contented. Life is good and the sheep are at ease…
Other kinds animals may face dangers of predators like lions and bears but not his sheep. His sheep are safe and protected. No one is going to touch his sheep while he's around. And the sheep have it good because t ...

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