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29 August, 2021Nathan Robertson23rd Psalm

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Psalm 23 

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 right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I 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 my whole life long. 


Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


DISCUSS 

  1. How has your week been?   
  2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week? 
  3. Read the passages again.   
  4. What do the words I am the good shepherd mean to you? 
  5. What does this tell us about God? 
  6. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God? 
  7. What is challenging in these passages? 
  8. Is there anything else the passages are saying to me? 
  9. What am I going to do about it? 
  10.  Who am I going to share it with? 
  11.  Be prepared to share back next week. 

PRAY

Lord of the 23rd Psalm, 

I have known death, 

and you have refreshed my soul. 

I have known fear, 

and you have comforted me. 

I have known hunger, 

and you have set a feast before me. 

In the darkest valley 

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us. 

Teach me to walk as you walk 

Beside those in mourning 

so that they will know joy, 

Beside those in fear 

that they will know comfort, 

Beside those in hunger 

that they will feast until their cup overflows. 

As your goodness and love follow me, 

May mine follow my neighbour 

That the threat of the worst terrors 

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of 

the house of the Lord, 

Where you have invited us to dwell forever. 

And so let me strive to help build on earth 

What you have promised us in heaven. 

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come, 

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters, 

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd. 

AMEN 

  

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Psalm 23

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1. How has your week been?

2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

3. Read the passages again.

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7. What is challenging in these passages?

8. Is there anything else the passages are saying to me?

9. What am I going to do about it?

10. Who am I going to share it with?

11. Be prepared to share back next week.

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Psalm 23

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 right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

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I have known death,

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I have known hunger,

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In the darkest valley

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Beside those in fear

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Beside those in hunger

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That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

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Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

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