• The Shepherd and His Sheep
    • David killing the lion and the bear to protect his sheep (1 Samuel 17) – Protection
    • Nathan describing the sin of David through a shepherd story (2 Sam 12) – Nurture or Provision
    • Jesus describing Himself as the good shepherd (John 10) – Protection
    • Paul describing Jesus as the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13) – Provision through Protection
  • Loving Through Nurture
    • The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures…
      • The Lord loves me so much that He shepherds me, nurturing me, providing for me, so that I always have what I need.
      • The Loving Nature of Nurture: Feeding a baby, making sure a child eats his or her vegetables, finding food no matter what it takes.
  • Loving Through Protection
    • He leads me beside the still waters…
      • Still waters signifies peace, a lack of conflict or danger.
      • Still waters are not rough so the sheep is too timid to drink.
      • Still waters are where no other animals or other enemies can overcome the sheep
  • Nurturing and Protecting Our Souls
    • He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
      • The Good Shepherd loves us enough to restore us when we are weak.
      • The Good Shepherd loves us enough to lead us in the right path and protect us from evil
      • The Good Shepherd helps us glorify Him in return
  • Protection from the Gravest Enemy
    • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
      • Protection from fear
      • Protection from enemies
      • Protection from death
  • Nurture of the Most Lavish Fashion
    • You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
      • Nurture where even my enemies must watch, unable to deny me. You nurture my anointing
      • Nurture beyond measure
      • Nurture that never ends in the Lord’s house
  • Two Questions
    • Who is your Shepherd?
    • Who are you shepherding?
  • Takeaway Thoughts
    • Jesus is the Good Shepherd
    • He shows His love by nurture and protection
    • Trust Him for your provision
    • Trust Him for your protection
    • Love others like Jesus loves you!

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