Psalm 23 (437)
                                                      HE RESTORES MY SOUL

  Introduction
      A.  “The LORD is my Shepherd ……. He restores my soul.”

            1.  An explanation of a cast or cast down sheep:

      B.  There is an interesting parallel between sheep and Christians.

            1.  We occasionally find ourselves cast down.  Examples:
  I.  “He restores my soul.”  Jehovah Rophe:  The Lord who restores or the Lord who heals.

      A.  God loves us even though we have fallen.

           1.  One of the greatest revelations of the heart of God given to us by Jesus is that he
             is our good Shepherd.  John 10: 11-16,9-10,1-4 (789); Luke 15:1-7 (767)
II.  “He leads me in the paths of righteous for His name’s sake.”

      A.  A good shepherd for the welfare of his sheep and for his own reputation, takes the
            necessary precautions.

            1.  Sheep are creatures of habit.  Examples:

            2.  If we as humans are left to ourselves, what path will we take? 
            
                 a.  Jeremiah 10:23 (564); Isaiah 53:6 (548)
                 b.  Without the LORD or Shepherd we will end up in sin “up to our eyeballs.”

       B.  God wants to lead us in righteous for His name’s sake.

             1.  Hebrew thought:  a name was normally connected to the character and personality
                  of the bearer’s name.  God’s name points not only to a title but also to His very
                  nature.

             2.  Jehovah Tsidkenu

             3.  The LORD will lead us in righteous when we have the proper attitude.
                  a.  Instead of loving self most, love Jesus more.  Luke 9:23 (760)
                  b.  Instead of following the crowd to destruction, do what we know God
                       wants us to do.  Matthew 7:13-14 (708)
                  c.  Forego our rights in favor of others.  Philippians 2:3 (867)
                  d.  Instead of being boss, just be one of the LORD’S sheep.
                  e.  Instead of asserting our will, comply with God’s will.  Galatians 2:20 (860)

  Closing:  God wants to move us from where we are back on our feet.  Psalm 23:3