Just a wonderful go to book at anytime and read a chapter or two. A gentle read for a tired mind or restful mind.
This is an update version of Jehovah Shepherding His Sheep.
'Through the simple words of Psalm 23, David revealed a glorious and comforting knowledge of his covenantal Lord, pictured vividly as his gracious Shepherd and Host. We easily recite this psalm, but it describes an experience nothing less than a spiritual Holy of Holies. Yet God calls sinners to enter here by faith and walk with Him through all of life. Joel Beeke's exposition of the psalm illuminates the riches of the Reformed experiential doctrines of salvation and sanctification. The book aims, by God's grace, to help readers to grow in their understanding of God's love for His elect people, their submissive embrace of His purposes, and their glad contentment through life's distressing journey until they dwell in the house of the Lord forever.'
Table of Contents:
Part 1 – Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
1. The Shepherd-Lord
2. Who Lacks Nothing?
3. How the Lord’s Sheep Shall Lack Nothing
4. Why and When the Lord’s Sheep Shall Lack Nothing
Part 2 – Psalm 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
5. The Shepherd’s Gift of Divine Rest
6. The Shepherd’s Refreshment
Part 3 – Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
7. The Shepherd’s Restoration for the Diseased and Downcast
8. The Shepherd’s Restoration for the Wandering Sheep
9. Unrighteousness Uncovered and Righteousness Imputed
10. The Shepherd’s Righteousness to Sanctify and Preserve
Part 4 – Psalm 23:4 “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.”
11. The Shepherd’s Protection and Spiritual Growth
12. The Shepherd’s Protection and Spiritual Courage
13. The Shepherd’s Companionship
14. The Shepherd’s Comfort
Part 5 – Psalm 23:5 “Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
15. Divine Provision
16. Divine Anointing
17. Divine Joy and Liberty
Part 6 – Psalm 23:6 “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.”
18. God’s Gracious Pursuit
19. At Home with the Shepherd
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
“In God’s providential leading of His church, Psalm 23 has become undoubtedly the favorite psalm of believers. More than any other psalm, this portion of the Holy Psalter has been on the lips and in the hearts of God’s people in all kinds of circumstances and trials and hardships. Joel Beeke’s study of this text, originally a series of sermons, helps the reader understand why this is so. In fine, this psalm’s depiction of the Lord Jesus as a shepherd, when seen in the light of the entire scope of the Bible, goes to the very heart of the Christian Faith. A tremendous, soul-enriching study of this favored text.” – Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History & Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“If there is a passage of the Bible that we would judge to be the most well-known of all Scripture, then many of us would choose Psalm 23. Let us be sure we understand and profit from its simple message. It is said that ‘Scripture is old, yet ever new.’ Proof of that adage is displayed here in The Lord Shepherding His Sheep. You will discover fresh light, comfort, hope and joy in these wonderfully familiar words as Joel Beeke opens them up and applies them to ourselves. Take and read!” – Pastor Geoff Thomas