by Ernest Easley

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The Secret to Security and Satisfaction (4 of 5)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 23:1-6
June 5, 2005

Secrets are hard to keep! They are like having a tooth ache ... they keep you uneasy until they come out! Well ... what we find in the 23rd Psalm was never meant to be a secret. And I'm talking about the Secret to Security and Satisfaction.

So if God never intended Security and Satisfaction to be a secret ... why then are so few people experiencing it? Why are so many Christians today missing out on the security and satisfaction that God has provided them?

Remember this: first comes Salvation (when you place your life in the hands of God) .. followed by Security (which comes in knowing that those hands are holding on to you) .. then comes Satisfaction (a peace in knowing that you belong to God and that He is holding on to you). Not complacent ... but rather satisfaction.

Let me put it another way. First comes peace with God followed by the peace of God which all takes place due to the presence of God. And it all begins when you choose to make Jesus your shepherd .. your savior.

That's what David did! He decided to turn his life over to the good shepherd and as a result he could say "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want." You put it down: when the Lord becomes your shepherd .. it's then you have security and satisfaction.

Now you have your Bible open to Psalm 23. David begins in verse 1, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want." And again ... I want to ask, "David, what do you mean when you say, "I shall not want?" And I hear David saying, "Pastor Ernest, when I say, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want" .. I mean ..

(1) I Shall Not Want for Rest ..
for "He makes me lie down in green pastures." "That is what I mean. But there is more. When I say, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want" ... I mean ..

(2) I Shall Not Want for Restoration ..
for "He restores my soul." "When I'm exhausted ...

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