The Lord is my Pastor
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Pastor Barry Buzza
Big Idea: David’s 23rd psalm is a overview of the godly life. When we choose to make Jesus our Pastor, this short song lays out a pattern of how our lives should work from the time of our salvation, to the day we graduate into eternal life.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
- God must be the first voice whom we listen to and obey.
He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:5
- We must understand the value of, and practice, rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
- We must be continuously nourished by the Holy Spirit.
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5
- Our souls (mind, emotions, will, personalities) are broken and must be restored.
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15
- We don’t know the right way to go without God’s guidance.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12
- The path will always and often lead through “death to myself” moments.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24
- Understanding the continuous presence of God is the antidote to fear.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- God disciplines us because, like a good father, he loves us.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
- We must find our security in him.
The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— Exodus 4:2-4
- God doesn’t always remove our enemies, but allows them to howl around us.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
- God has a purpose and destiny for everyone of us.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
- He gives us everything we need to fulfill that destiny.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 2 Peter 1:3
- The path he has prepared is leading us ultimately to his presence (his house).
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
- His house is where we will finally understand his love and his goodness.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1