After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Jehovah Rohi- Lord our Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In Jesus we find:
Because the Lord is our Shepherd we are accepted, loved and known.
Psalm 138:8 says that God will perfect that which concerns you.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Our lives should be a reflection of who God is. That brings Him glory.
There are things that God wants to do in our life for His name’s sake.
1 Corinthians 10 instructs us to cast down every thought that rises against God’s Word.
We need to know God’s Word so that we know what to accept and reject.
The book of Hosea says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Example of rod and staff
Rod – Word
Staff – Spirit
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Don’t be discouraged by the valley…
The Shepherd never leads His sheep down a path that He hasn’t walked down Himself before.
The Lord doesn’t lead us through a place that he isn’t present with us, or that he hasn’t been through before to prepare.
Isaiah 52:12 and 58:8 call Jesus our forerunner and rearguard.
The valley will separate you from your enemies and sin. It will show you who your friend are, lead you to prayer and do a work in you that will prepare you for the table.
The table is a place that the shepherd would have prepared.
There is a place that God has prepared for you for which you should set yourself in expectation.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.