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Sheep Faith (5 of 6)
Series: Sheep Faith
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
The Bible says that we (the believers) are the sheep of the Lord’s pasture. The questions then perhaps should be - what kind of sheep are we? I have made the best attempt that I can to deposit in you or at least in your hearing principles of Sheep Faith. Sheep must possess the ''right'' kind of faith that makes it truly possible to follow in the path of righteousness. In the previous messages we have established that Sheep Faith begins with reverence that leads to recognition that rests in the Shepherd’s provision. That foundation makes it possible for the sheep to have contentment and confidence. This level of faith assures the sheep that when it is cast down it will be rescued and restored. And sheep faith must develop into Even Though Faith that learns to walk through the valley. So, this morning I want to make my fifth installment on this twenty-third Psalm around this verse of Him preparing a table.
David as you well know now is borrowing from the world of shepherding concepts and customs as well as the culture of that relationship of sheep and shepherding to convey spiritual principles, precepts, and practices for believers. Though he uses the language of that world of shepherd and sheep, he has a deeper spiritual purpose behind the languages. Here in this verse is truly the culture and community of shepherds and sheep that we in this western culture have misapplied contextually. The text says, He preparest a table… He must be talking about something that is perhaps specific in that setting. You and I know that sheep do not sit at a table. There must be something in this verse that helps us understand the intent. When shepherds would decide to graze his sheep, he did so only for a season. Often he would be in the lowlands, but when the season of the lowland ended, ...
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