October 13, 2017

The Promises of Psalm 23

October 12, 2017


Psalm 23

Isaiah 22:1-8a

1 Peter 5:1-5, 12-14

This week’s sermon text: Romans 12:1-8


Psalm 23 – arguably one the most recognized passages of Scripture! And rightly so! This Psalm is not only full to the brim with wisdom; it paves the way for life-giving rest and honest worship. It’s one of the first scriptures I memorized as a child and I often run through these words in my head when I am seeking peace or comfort in the midst of life.

My grandmother had this verse crocheted and hanging near her bedside all of her life. I remember her telling me that seeing it each night before bed and each morning as she woke set her up to humbly, joyfully, and faithfully face each day. These verses have reminded her of the promises she can rest in as a child of God. We will focus on these promises for the next 3 days.

The first promise found in Psalm 23 is the promise of God’s paths (God’s direction).

Everything in our culture today is begging for our attention. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by all the different choices to make and paths to take! We can do this or do that. We could go this way, but what about that way? Do we follow the latest trend or branch out on our own? It’s exhausting. But, verse 1 of this Psalm tells us that the Lord is our Shepherd, our Guide.

We must tune our ears to block everything out but the voice of our Shepherd. We must listen for our Shepherd’s voice and follow the path that he has promised.


  • Are you following the Shepherd and trusting his lead?
  • In which direction are you headed?


  • Why is important to listen to parents, teachers, and other authority?
  • Is it not even more important to listen to God?
  • What does it mean to follow God?


Dear God, thank you for being our Good Shepherd and for the gift of being able to trust you with our lives. May we be full of strength and humility to yield to your leadership and sovereignty. Amen.