Allison Park Christian Church is honored once again this year to host “The Living Last
Within the framework of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of
The Last Supper,
the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ are brought to life. We learn from these men that the disciples came from a variety of backgrounds
occupations who gathered together because of the Lord. Their
hope is for all to see the Lord and how His grace, His love, His death and
resurrection have changed the world and how He can change your life, too. And
stay afterwards for pie and refreshments, for fellowship
for a time to get to know the disciples “up close”. Come and join us!
Here are Five Encouraging Lessons out of Psalm 23
Shall Not Want
If the Lord is
your Shepherd, you shall not want for anything more. The Great Shepherd tells us, “I am the good
shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11);
therefore, “… I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). The Shepherd provides all that the sheep will
ever need so that they lack nothing, and He even guarantees His sheep eternal
Makes Us Lie Down
Sheep are not the smartest of animals.
They’ll get so restless that they’ll wear themselves out. They don’t even have the sense to move from
place to place and will end up eating the grass down to the roots, killing it
in the process. Therefore, “he makes me
to lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2a). Sometimes sheep have to be led to green
pastures because, as Isaiah writes, “all we like sheep have gone astray; we
have turned–every one–to his own way ….” (Isaiah 53:6). The Shepherd sometimes must make us lie down
where the green pastures are so we can feed and grow.
Leads Us Beside Still Waters
Sheep will not approach water that’s running fast. You know why?
Sheep can’t swim. Can you imagine
a soaked sheep carrying all that heavy water in its wool, sinking straight to
the bottom of the stream? That’s why the
Great Shepherd “… leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2b). The literal Hebrew is “waters of quietness,”
and only then will the sheep drink, for they avoid swift, running, and troubled
waters and would end up dying of thirst if not for the still waters.
He Restores Our Soul
How can the Shepherd restore a soul?
By the regeneration of the Spirit of God and then by the precious blood
of the Lamb of God, for we “… were dead in the trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1),
and surely we “… were dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our]
flesh [but] God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our
trespasses” (Col. 2:13). Psalm 23:3
says, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness ….” The
word for restore is like restoring an old car that had no engine. Our Great Shepherd restores our soul and then
leads us into the path of righteousness laid out by His own shed blood (2 Cor. 5:21).
His Rod and Staff Comfort Us
Sheep are completely vulnerable to predators and are total cowards. They can’t defend themselves and are very
slow runners, so they are about as defenseless as any animal there is, but the
rod wards off predators. The staff has a
crook in it and is U shaped to make it fit any of the sheep’s neck, and by it,
the Shepherd can bring us back if we start to stray down the wrong path. That’s why the psalmist writes “your rod and
your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4b), and they should comfort you,
course the Great Shepherd is Jesus Christ, who is the Chief Shepherd over the
sheep and the Head of the church. Therefore,
we shall not want for anything because He will lead us to still, quiet waters,
He restores our soul to bring us eternal life, and He defends us from the enemy
and corrects us when we need it. No
wonder Psalm 23 is one of the all-time favorites of Bible readers.