PSALM 23 (437)
                                                    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD


  Introduction

       A.  Beginning a series of lessons based on the 23rd Psalm.

       B.  Relationship presented between God and His children is that of a shepherd to his
             sheep.

             1.  Written by David, a shepherd, later to be known as the “Shepherd King of Israel”
                  not as a shepherd, but as a sheep.

       C.  Imagine a sheep on one side of the fence with all the advantages talking with a sheep
             on the other side without such advantages.

   I.  “The Lord is my Shepherd”  v1

       A.  A few credentials of the Lord.

             1.  His creative abilities.  Psalm 19:1-6 (435); Genesis 1:1 (1) 

                  a.  Consider the relationship of the earth to the vast universe:

             2.  In His awesomeness, God is____________________________________ Psalm
                  103:1-13 (468)

       B.  A shepherd is an owner and a manager.

             1.  The kind of shepherd the Lord is.

             2.  The Lord owns us, Isaiah 53:6 (548); 2 Corinthians 5:21 (854); John 10:11 (789),
                  because Jesus has purchased us. Benefits we receive: Ephesians 1:3 (863); James
                  1:17 (892)

       C.  A shepherd provides leadership.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (854); Proverbs 3: 5-6
            (487)

Closing;

       A.  Review

       B.  Psalm 23:1a