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November 24, 2020 1:00 am
Though named as King, David was pursued by a jealous King Saul for ten long years. Still, he could say of God, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Can you face trials with that kind of confidence? Here are more lessons from Psalm 23.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Looking to Jesus and perfect her own name is King David was pursued by a jealous king Saul 10 long years still say of God, you prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies when you face trials that kind of confidence, more lessons, some from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning to Dr. Irwin sir clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line as persecution against Christians mounds. Many of us might need that table. God prepares the presence of our enemy know Dave, I don't think that there is a single Christian who had some time has not needed that table right in the presence of their enemies. I know that I certainly have needed it and the wonderful assurance that God is with us, God is there for us, enables us to continue what a beloved song. This is what Thanksgiving is just around the corner and after Thanksgiving we think Christmas and when we think Christmas we think of Christmas music were making available to you a CD entitled in all of his glory. It contains many of your favorites song right here at the Moody church with our full choir and orchestra songs, such as in all of his glory, and all is well. We'd like to make this available to you for a gift of any amount here is what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now let us go to the pulpit of Moody Church to be encouraged about God's presence even in the midst of our enemies David who wrote this song your member experience the bitterness of sin, adultery and murder, and he knows what it's like for the restoring shepherd to comment to say David your off the path to pull you back into fellowship with myself so that I can continue to lead you to lead you in paths of righteousness so you'll notice that he comforts the sheep he defend the sheep in verse five you prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies you anoint my head with oil my cup overflows and magic. The sheep is now on the other side of the valley. That's where the green grasses. That's where the table is prepared and and the shepherd has prepared.
He's gone on ahead is checked out the grass is checked on the water to make sure that it isn't polluted. It's the best meal that the sheep can possibly ever have and where does it happen right there in the presence of its enemies.
If you can feel content in the presence of your enemies, you have won the battle with fear. If you can feel content exactly where God has planted you with people who are against you.
People were lying about you people who would like to destroy you. People who would like to see you fail in and right there you are content that is the provision of God and how does it work. You stay very, very close to the shepherd.
The reason that the sheep can graze in the presence of enemies is because the sheep knows that the shepherd is close by and the shepherd is watching the sheep as he or she needs the shepherd is there. Jesus said on one occasion, I send you forth as a lambs in the midst of wolves.
Sheep are very defenseless. They have no way to protect themselves.
A dog can kill 100 sheep and night, and there's nothing that the sheep can do. If the dog is wild and an out-of-control. There's just nothing that they can do and and Jesus said, you know you're like sheep but but I'll stay with you there in the presence of your enemies right where it hurts the most right with the most damage against you is possible. I'm there with you and now it's at the end of the day for the sheep.
The sheep is coming back into the fold. He says you anoint my head with oil.
Remember Jesus said I am the door of the sheep and no one gets passed to me unless he belongs to me and if you been to Israel. You know they have those along the long stone fences and then they will have a gate and that gate basically is the shepherd at night because he's going to distinguish these are my sheep.
These are your sheep.
Let's keep them all straight and they know his voice.
And as they come through the sheep gate.
He looks at them. He notices that they are bruise maybe the cheek has been caught perhaps and I tweaked his head and I and the sheep is in pain. He notices all the scars that the sheep has and so he anoints them with oil medicinally takes care of Eddie. He gives them some comfort in the she feels so much better that they have somebody who cares about them and somebody who is meeting their needs and somebody was aware of their aches, their pain scrapes that they picked up in their experience of the terrain and so the Scripture says that his their cup runs over. Because it is nighttime.
But they needed drink before they are put to sleep at night and so he takes a company fills in very very full because remember sheep do not like to get their wool Latin so they prefer a very full cup and a drink and they do so contentedly.
He not only anoints my head with oil my cup overflows. And then there's a last commitment that is made and that is that he stays with them to the end. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Goodness means that God is going to provide for my needs. Mercy means is going to take care of my sins and when it's all over. When the last words of been said in the last rites have been pronounced.
It is then that he shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Jesus is going to be there when we reach the other side and how long is Jesus going to be our shepherd. You say will surely this relationship ends at death and the answer of course is no because it says in Revelation chapter 7 verse 17 they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more. The sun shall not strike them by noon nor any scorching heat for the Lamb is in the midst of the throne and he will be there shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes. He's our shepherd forever as he guides us even in heaven.
Another very five very quick lessons that we need to learn from this song, I'll give them to you very quickly. I first of all when we have the shepherd we really need nothing else.
When we have the shepherd we really need nothing else. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. I have no lack member in the Old Testament you had what was known as Levites. All of the other tribes were given an inheritance. God says this is the boundary of Judah.
This is the boundary of Ephraim, but you Levites you don't get any land if you had been a Levite. How would you have felt about that. He probably would've thought yourself. What a bummer. Everybody else is getting the land were not getting any. But you know what God said to the Levites, he said, I am your portion. You are the portion of my inheritance and you maintain my lot, God says you've got me. I speak to those of you today who do not have the wealth of others who do not have the prestige of others.
The looks of others the power of others. The influence of others.
You have the shepherd. If you have the shepherd you have all you need for your journey home.
Does God really take care of the sheep like you described isn't this just poetry. I'm thinking of a man who was in a truck and he had an accident in the truck went off the road and into the ditch and wintertime of the man was so wounded he could not get his way out of the truck and find his way back home, but he did write some notes and one of the things that he said was this I and in his hand's weeks later his body was discovered and he was dead. Did God take care of the sheep was gone. There was the shepherd. There is this man was suffering and despair. Unable to get help. The answer is yes, because even their God was giving grace.
Even there, the shepherd was walking with them through the experience so that he could write a note of faith and hope and confidence that no matter what happened to him he would arrive eventually in heaven safely under the care and the guidance of the good Shepherd. He carries us all the way home. As it says in the text goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life of dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Second lesson is this, that the best advice. The best advice I can give you today is to stay close to the shepherd stay close to the shepherd.
Let me ask you a question today though she out in Judeo. Did they have a whole map of the land in their head. Did they know what lay on the other side of any given hill. Did they understand the number of hyenas that were present. The bearers that were present.
They know all that. Did they know where the polluted streams were versus the good strains of course not all that they could possibly do is to depend upon the shepherd and you and I are like that. We think we know what lies on the other side. We think we know what green pastures are greener and better than the ones that we are here so that person that you want to marry that people are trying to convince you to not marry, but you know what is best, even though he's not a Christian or she's not a Christian, after all, you know better than God. Do you really you really know better than the one who is omniscient to knows you very well knows all details of the universe with unerring accuracy. Wouldn't it be better to trust his judgment than yours because you don't know what lies on the other side of that valley. I think of the number of people who have made bad decisions living in arid conditions now living in barrenness and hopelessness because at some point they said I'm not following the shepherd I'm going to do my own thing. Follow the shepherd.
The second lesson third lesson, the needy sheep has particular interest, the needy sheep I could say the most needy sheep has the particular interest of the shepherd. Jesus told a story about a man who left the 90 and nine. He is entrusted with 100 sheep if you're entrusted with 100 sheep and you come home with 99 doesn't look good. People say to themselves what kind of a shepherd is that he had 100, and he can't bring them all home. So what the shepherd does as he leaves the 90 and nine, and he goes looking for that one sheep couple of comments. First of all, nowhere in Scripture do we have any hint or for that matter in history. Do we have any example of the sheep who went to searching for the shepherd sheep don't do that. Sheep are always going away from the shepherd sheep are always doing their own thing. Sheep are always following their own paths, notes, the shepherd who goes looking for the sheep. And so what the shepherd does is he finds that sheep and brings them back and rejoices and is glad that there still are 100 same number that he began with in the morning. That's why some of us believe that once you've trusted Christ as Savior and you belong to him forever.
That's why some of us believe that you will be saved eternally and you can't get lost is one of God sheep.
It's because the shepherds commitment to you is so strong as Jesus said in John chapter 10 very clearly were Jesus is saying this is my father, who gave them to me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my hand and then he says my father and I are one and no man is able to pluck them out of our hand give hands in harmony. You have the hand of the father, you have the hand of a son. The sheep had been given to the son by the father as a gift and that commitment of the good Shepherd is to bring them all away all bruise scar. Yes, some with wasted lives on the wrong side of the valley, to be sure, but they will make it and they too will dwell in the house of the Lord forever is the last lesson and that is that we must learn the value of the personal pronoun.
We must learn the value of the personal pronoun.
You'll notice that to David said the Lord is my shepherd, there is a story that perhaps some of you have read about which evidently is true where an actor stood up and quoted Psalm 23 and everyone was so impressed by his voice by his inflection by his ability to be able to stand with such confidence and say such a wonderful piece of poetry, but the actor also was friends with a pastor who was sitting in the audience and asked him to come up and quoted and when the pastor quoted it virtually many of the people were in tears. It didn't quoted as well, but the actor said later. I know the song but he knows the shepherd. That's the difference there. Some of you out there who know the song you know of the shepherd, but you cannot say like David did. The Lord is my shepherd, how do you become one of God sheep in helplessness.
Admit your sinfulness. Admit that you cannot save yourself if God is speaking to you at this moment, I can assure you it is the voice of God, who is seeking you because left to ourselves. As I mentioned, we do not seek God but God may be speaking to you today. You may say I want to be one of God sheep if that's what the Spirit is saying in your heart and you know who you are when I'm speaking like this when you say I'm a sinner I received today the free gift of eternal life. Today I want to be able to say the Lord is my shepherd, forgive my sin make me one of your followers and cause me to understand that I need you desperately, both now and forever. Let us pray and our father.
We do ask in the name of Jesus that you the good Shepherd might now be seeking go up and down the rows of the Moody church as well as other places where this message is being heard today weather on the radio or cassette or CD, or the Internet people that joined us all over the world this morning and we ask in Jesus name that you shall find, you shall find sheep some discourage some lost some angry with father draw them overcome the resistance I pray and may they believe in Jesus. At this very moment you talk to the good Shepherd right now. No matter where you are to good shepherds talking to you and you are of course one of his sheep. You talk to him.
But if you're not one of the sheep talk to him tell him you want to be saved. Receive our prayers today.
Father we ask in the blessed exalted name of Jesus we are only sheep you are the shepherd how desperately we need you helplessly pray in Jesus name, amen, amen. My friend, our greatest desire is that you come to saving faith in Jesus Christ that you know for sure. You are one of God's sheep. What a privilege it is to be able to say the Lord is my shepherd while Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's hard to think about Thanksgiving without thinking about Christmas. This is one of the last times we are making available a resource that I know will be a great blessing to you. It's a CD entitled in all of his glory. It was recorded here at the Moody church with a full choir and orchestra.
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That phone number again 1-888-218-9337 it's time again for another chance for you to ask certain questions you may have about the Bible or the Christian life pastor were taught that the Bible is without error. This is a problem for Fred listens in Florida. He found this discrepancy in the Old Testament the account of David numbering Israel and Judah and second Samuel 24 verse nine gives the figure of 800,000 for Israel and 500,000 for Judah.
But the account in first Chronicles 21 gives these numbers. 1.1 million for Israel and 470,004 Judah can you explain this, Fred. You asked a very difficult question.
But the good news is that all of the supposed discrepancies have been answered by Bible scholars. There's much in the Old Testament that we don't know sometimes facts are left out. We had all the facts.
We believe that the Bible is in agreement with the truth but to comment more specifically, for example, it says in Judah.
One account, the Samuel accounts is 500,000 the first Chronicles accounts is 470,000 maybe we can account for that simply by the fact that the Bible uses round numbers just like newspapers do today.
It's a matter fact just today I was hearing the number of people killed in an earthquake, and it said in the Haiti earthquake. I believe 200,000. Well, we say that that is true even though you and I know that the number isn't exactly 200,000 and the Bible uses that kind of the numbering as well when it says that 25,000 people died in the plague.
It means approximately 25,000 but the other discrepancy is a little bit more difficult. It says in first Samuel that there were 800,000 men who drew the sword and I think in the first Chronicles account it says 1.1 million. I'm not sure that I have all the facts that I can reconcile those two, but here are some ideas I took the time to read the passage and to check a commentary or two. Though my explanation is not exhaustive. For example in the Chronicles account it says expressly that the tribes of Levi and Benjamin were excluded from the account now could it be that later on they were counted and the chronicler who wrote the book of Chronicles therefore included the larger number that certainly is a possibility. The other thing that's very interesting in passing is that the Samuel account speaks about the number of valiant man of the other account speaks of those who drew the sword so maybe even there. There is a distinction, but this is an opportunity to affirm our faith and to say that we believe that of all the facts were known. The Scriptures would agree, Fred.
Let me encourage you to keep reading your Bible.
We do come across very difficult passages. Don't get hung up on them. Read the ones that are clear and we will trust God for the rest. Thank you Fred and thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our firstname.lastname@example.org and click on ask Pastor lutes or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 next time in our series returned to Psalm 32 to see how God shows himself when we are forgiven Mrs. Damon, Alister, running to win is sponsored by the Moody church