PSALM 23 (437)
                                                            I SHALL NOT WANT


         A.  “The Lord is my shepherd”
               1.  God provides all we need.

    I.  Since the Lord is our shepherd, we should not want.

         A.  What does the statement, “I shall not want” mean?

               1.  Not having everything we desire.  Illustration:

               2.  Means:  “I shall not lack the expert care and management of my Master.”
                    W. Phillip Keller in his book, A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23.
               3.  Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides.

         B.  We should be contented with God’s management of our lives.

               1.  Contentment is submission to _____________________________________
                    Knowing we have a ________    ____________   __________________
                    Who will _____________________________________________________.

               2.  Contentment must be learned from Christ.  Luke 9:57-58 (761);
                    Luke 12:15.

                    a.  Paul as an example.  Philippians 4:4,7,9 (869)

         C.  We can be contented with God. Because:

               1.  He is our shepherd,

               2.  He is the rancher,

               3.  He is our manager.

         D.  Contentment should be the hallmark of the Christian.  Philippians 4:11-13
               (869); Romans 8:28,31 (835); 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (878)

   II.  There are people who aren’t content with the Lord’ management.  Illustration:


        A.  Some follow the Shepherd and some don’t.
        B.  As Christians we can be assure that the Lord, as our Shepherd, knows what’s best for us