In John 11:25, Jesus said.. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.” King David didn’t have THAT New Testament Scripture to assure him that there was life after death, yet because of his intimate relationship with the Lord, God gave David hope that He would remain with him as his faithful Shepherd-King for as long as he lived. Therefore, David confidently concluded Psalm 23 with a statement of his faith in the Great Shepherd he had come to know, love and depend on. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek wraps up our study of the 23rd Psalm with David’s closing phrase… “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
After meditating on God’s faithfulness, David was persuaded that God would continue His favor toward him, so he wrote… ”Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Let’s listen in now as Barbara dissects this phrase for us.
King David was well aware of the gracious and lavish treatment he received from His Heavenly Father. In the first part of verse 5 of Psalm 23, he described how bountifully God set the table for him, and how comfortable and secure he felt, even with his enemies looking on. He continues the verse with “Thou anointest my head with oil – my cup runneth over”. This shows how the Lord honored him by anointing him with oil and continually filling his cup to overflowing. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will discuss the custom of anointing with oil and relate it to our anointing as Believers. So stay tuned, you’re sure to learn something new.
In Old Testament times, to eat and drink at someone’s table created a bond of loyalty. This scene is not simply of a host and a guest, but rather of two friends. The Psalmist David needed a loyal friend. He found this and more at the Lord’s table. Under God’s protection and power, he could feast in safety and security though surrounded by his enemies. One commentary wrote that this could also be interpreted as that of a victory feast, where David celebrated, as his defeated, unarmed enemies looked on. Regardless of the meaning, David’s enemies couldn’t harm him because the Lord was on his side. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will show how we, too, can feast comfortably in the middle of a crisis because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
The psalmist David spent most of his days in the middle of danger. Perhaps he was thinking about the attempts made on his life by King Saul and others when he wrote, ”Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Before he became king, he was constantly dodging Saul’s murderous pursuits. As king, he warred with the surrounding nations, and toward the end of his reign, his own family members tried to overthrow him. But because he had been a good shepherd himself, he understood and counted on the protection from God, the greatest Shepherd of all. Today, on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek will talk about how the shepherd protects his sheep.
The phrase “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” This is the first time David addresses God with, ‘Thou’ (or ‘You’ in our language). In the previous phrases He used the word ‘He’. Maybe it’s because God becomes more personal when we go through valleys. Are you going through a valley now? Keep listening – God has a message for you.
On our previous program, Barbara Sandbek talked about the way God leads us. We learned that when we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves, our paths will be well lit by Jesus, the Light of the World. Today, she’ll continue with the same verse, Psalm 23:3b which reads… He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. But first, let’s listen as Barbara sings about traveling life’s road with the King…
How many times have you quoted the phrase, ‘He restoreth my soul’, without really thinking about the words? What constitutes our soul? What does it mean to restore something? Why does our soul need restoring? Today on Grace Notes, Barbara Sandbek will answer these questions as she continues the study of the 23rd Psalm.
In the 23rd Psalm, we’ve seen so far that if we let the Lord be our Shepherd, He MAKES us lie down in green pastures, and in today’s lesson, we’ll find that he leads us to a place where we can be quiet – by still waters. Let’s listen as Barbara Sandbek sings a song that sets the tone for the subject she’ll be covering.
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Children expect to receive things. We, adults, on the other hand, hold our cup up to the Lord saying “fill it” and it’s already full of our ‘things’ and our plans. A ‘give me’ attitude isn’t all bad. God wants . . .
There has been much debate over whether the story of Jonah is true or just an allegory. Regardless of your stance, 2 Timothy 3:16 says that ALL Scripture is inspired by God and is PROFITABLE for our training. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will begin a series on the book of Jonah. You’ll find this to be NO fish story - rather one that’s alive with lessons we can learn and apply so don’t miss a single program.