I want to read a sweet Psalm to you; one you all know so very well.
A Psalm of David.
 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 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.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The Lord, my Heavenly Father literally broke my heart, my spirit. He took my ego, my pride and crushed them and I cried and cried, not knowing or understanding what was the matter, only that everything seemed so wrong. I couldn't stop. My shoulders shook, I soaked my pillow with tears. He seemed so very far away.
For the past week or so I have been insufferable. How my wife kept her sanity I'll never know. I didn't want to be around people, and for a Pastor, that's not a good thing. I have been fierce in my anger. I turned every situation into a big deal. Everything, and I mean everything agitated me! I would try to stay busy all the time; painting, building, cleaning, anything to keep my hands busy and apparently keep my mind active.
Reading scripture rendered nothing for me. I guess I was reading for sermon preparation instead of just letting the scripture speak to me.
I guess that's why he shook me. I don't know if that was what my weeping was all about, but I really felt like David in Psalms 22 when he said, "My God, my God, Why hast thou forsaken me!"
I picked up 'The Treasury of David' by Charles Spurgeon to read his thoughts on Ps. 23. When I read as he wrote; "The position of this Psalm (23) is worthy of notice." Now listen, "It follows the 22 Psalm, which is the Psalm of the Cross.
I laughed at first when I read it, but then I started reading it and understood. "It is not until we have read "My God , my God, why hast thou forsaken me!" that we come to "The Lord is my Shepherd." We must by experience know the value of the blood shedding, before we shall be truly able to know the sweetness of the good Shepherds care."
You know, he really does care for us.
Isn't it a reassurance to know that after the heartache, the battle, the loneliness, the trial, the feeling of forsakenness; the Shepherd is there to provide EVERYTHING we need to pull through.
I believe that our Lord brings travail to you, so we can know the joy of knowing him as the Shepherd.
If you will, take a look at the life of Job. He was the greatest man of his day. Look at his wealth.
 There was a man in the
 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
But then trouble came.
 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
Look at what he loses in one day.
 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
As if that wasn't enough the Lord allowed Satan to vex him further by touching his body.
In all this Job glorifies the Lord.
 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.
 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
 So Job died, being old and full of days.
Look at the life of David, the author of this Psalm. His own wife turned against him. The Bible says Michel despised him in her heart. His son tried to take the kingdom away. These all happened for a purpose.
Read 1 Kings 15:4-5
 Nevertheless for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in
 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
David knew the terrible times in his life where he prophetically cried out, My Father, my Father, why has thou forsaken me?" and the times of refreshing where he would write, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
Can you imagine the King of Kings being called by the lowly title 'Shepherd'?
Does he mind? Of course not! David knew, having been a shepherd himself, the great love and care a shepherd gave to his flock. Look at how personal this Psalm is.
Is MY SHEPHERD.
I shall not WANT. Not that we shall not desire to have, but that we shall not be in want for anything, For HE cares for us.
I have a sister, that has had trouble with her finger having difficulty with its healing. She is our #1 pianist at church and we rely heavily upon her. I won't go into the details because they are a little gross. We prayed for Sis.
Sis. Barb Henson, Pastor Melvin Angel's sister attends our church had blockage in her heart. She had been feeling bad for quite awhile, but she told us at the church she knew however the Lord allowed for her healing, there would be a miracle. The doctors tried to run a stint through her veins to clear it out, but were unsuccessful. Upon further examination, the doctors noticed that new veins were being developed around the block one. They were amazed and told Sis. Barb that this was very rare. The Lord was doing his own version of bi-pass surgery!!!
Why does the Lord allow trial and tribulation?
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
2 Chron. 20:17
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Psalms 23 The Lord IS my Shepherd, I shall not want.