Psalm 23 is probably the best known and most read passage in the Bible - a wonderfully reassuring picture of the believer’s life. Through it we learn the Lord God almighty is the faithful, heavenly Shepherd of his sheep - not only faithfully leading his sheep in life but also through the valley of the shadow of death - bringing them into his house where he will dwell with them forever.
Reflecting on Psalm 23 verse by verse will help us see how rich and privileged the believer’s life is as we learn how personally God is committed to protect and bring his people to be with him to heaven.
Table of Contents:
1. The Lord Loves His Sheep
2. The Heavenly Shepherd Provides for His Sheep
3. The Heavenly Shepherd Restores His Sheep
4. The Heavenly Shepherd Leads His Sheep
5. The Heavenly Shepherd Never Leaves His Sheep
6. The Heavenly Shepherd Protects His Sheep
7. The Heavenly Shepherd Leads His Sheep Safely Home
Ian Hamilton has been minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church since 1999 after almost twenty years serving as minister of Loudoun Church of Scotland, Newmilns, Ayrshire. He is the author of The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy and a Lectio Continua commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.
“No matter how often we may have read or sung this psalm or how often we might have heard it preached, its riches are inexhaustible. In this brief but penetrating exposition, Ian Hamilton blesses us with a glimpse of just how much is packed into its message. His handling of this familiar portion of Scripture not only provides fresh insights but also a deeper sense of its pastoral benefit for all who not only read it but who also take the time to reflect on it.” — Mark G. Johnston, pastor of Trinity Church EP, Richhill, Northern Ireland
“As Martin Luther famously said, true faith resides in the pronouns, an observation J. C. Ryle interpreted as, “Many are lost because they cannot use possessive pronouns.” It is easy enough to say that the Lord is the Shepherd. But what a Christian can say, must say, and must mean is that the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. In this thoughtful and beautiful study, Ian Hamilton demonstrates both the believer’s immense privilege and happy duty to live in the confidence of those pronouns! I have read a number of books devoted to the Twenty-Third Psalm, but none better or more useful than this!” - Robert S. Rayburn, pastor emeritus of Faith Presbyterian Church PCA, Tacoma, Washington