by Jeff Schreve

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Prone To Wander (3 of 6)
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Jeff Schreve
Psalm 23:3

We've been in a series on Sunday nights on the 23rd Psalm. Tonight, we find ourselves in verse 3. Now, the 23rd Psalm is one of the most famous Psalms in all of the Bible. Most, one of the most famous pieces of literature in all the world is Psalm 23. And Psalm 23 talks about the shepherd and his sheep. You know, all through the Bible God compares us to sheep. He says in Psalm 100 that we are the sheep of His pasture. Now, if you know anything about sheep, you know that God is not being overly complimentary when He calls us sheep, but He's being very accurate. We are so much like sheep.

Sheep, although we see them as pretty docile and easy to manipulate and maneuver and work around, they can often be very stubborn. And you and I can be very stubborn. Sheep are not real smart. And you and I do some really dumb things. Sheep are easily frightened. We get so easily frightened. Sheep don't really like to be alone. They kind of have a mob mentality. And you and I are like that. Sheep are creatures of habit. And sheep are prone to wander. Just like the song we sang, Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Sheep are prone to wander away from the shepherd. That's the nature of a sheep to wander away. And the nature of a shepherd is to restore.

Psalm 23, verse 3 says of the LORD my Shepherd, ''He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.'' Now, from that one verse, that great verse 3, I want you to notice three wonderful truths.

Truth number one: The Lord wants to restore you when you stray. He restores my soul. That word restore there means ''to bring back, to turn back, to draw back.'' It's what the Lord does for His sheep. And the Bible says in Isaiah 53, verse 6, ''All we like sheep have gone astray; each one has turned to his own way....'' Now that's true for a lost man. It's also true as a Christian. We're lik ...

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