Are You a Part of the Flock? (4 of 8) by Jeff Lynn

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Are You a Part of the Flock? (4 of 8)
Series: Summer in the Psalms
Jeff Lynn
Psalm 23

This is perhaps the most popular psalm out of all 150 of them.

It is by far the most quoted psalm at funerals. In fact, my mom and dad's pastor read this psalm at my mom's funeral a couple of weeks ago.

Why is this psalm so widely read and quoted?

Because it is a psalm of comfort and solace and promise.

It speaks of God being there in times of need.

It has been quoted in fox holes and on death beds.

Even those who may not attend church or who don't know Christ often quote this psalm.

To be honest, this is how most people want to see God; as a loving shepherd who takes care of His sheep.

I read this week where the Presbyterian Church USA, a more liberal denomination, has refused to include the song, "In Christ Alone" in their new song book because it contains the following phrase:

"till on the cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God now satisfied"
-From "In Christ Alone"
By Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

They asked the composers of the song if they could change the lyrics to the following:

"till on the cross as Jesus died,
the love of God was magnified."


Because people don't want to hear about the wrath of God; they want to hear about the love of God.

But the love of God was best displayed when Jesus gave His life to satisfy the wrath of God.

Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by becoming sin.

Because Jesus became sin, God's wrath, which should have been poured out on us because of our sin, was poured out on Christ.

Remember John 3:16?
God loved the world in this way: that He gave His only unique Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

Let there be no doubt; God is a God of wrath, but He is also a God of love.
And He is seen as a loving shepherd who guides and provides for His sheep.

In John 10, when Jesus is declaring His uniqueness as the only wa ...

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