Looking For The Lord
Hands down, Psalm 23 stands tall above all other scripture as the most powerful and personal
six verses in the Bible. I believe the reason for that is because David begins the first verse with his finger pointing toward the Lord and stating to all that will hear, "there He is, take a good look at Him". I wonder about how much time we spend just looking at the Lord. We have no problem looking at His benefits and blessings, but rarely do we spend time just looking at Him. David is declaring, "take a minute and just look at the Lord".
David was a shepherd, and was highly trained and qualified in the skill of "looking". During those many nights tending the flock, he had developed a keen eyesight. It seems only fitting that when David felt led to pen this wonderful Psalm, he would do so with idea of coaching each reader to look at the Lord. Up to the point that this psalm was written, David had spent most of his life as a shepherd. As a shepherd, he thought and functioned as a shepherd.
We are not given a time line as to the exact date that this psalm was written, but regardless of the actual day and date, the penning of this precious piece of spiritual literature has to be that day when David began looking at the Lord as his Shepherd. His eyes were highly trained as a shepherd to view the sheep, but now his eyes must become those of a sheep who is seeing his shepherd for the first time. Never, in all the years of training and experience, had David been prepared for what his eyes were now beholding. Naturally, before one can look at the Lord, they must first look for the Lord. Notice how David portrays the path that can be used by those who are looking for the Lord:
I. David's Particular Directions ("the Lord is")
Anytime we are looking for something or someone, it is always good to have at our disposal, good directions. Having traveled extensively in the ministry, I can attest to the fact th ...
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