Psalm 23 – Week 3
October 4, 2020
“The Lord is MY Shepherd, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. “
My soul is the part of me that .
WHAT DAMAGES MY SOUL?
“To worry yourself to death with would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” Job 5:2 (GNT)
“You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4 (GNT)
“My guilt has me like a burden too heavy to bear… I’m ; all day long I go about mourning.” Psalm 38:4,6
“The Lord gave us a mind and a conscience; we can’t hide from ourselves.” Proverbs 20:27
CONFESSION – TO AGREE WITH GOD
“Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief.” Psalm 31:9 (NCV)
HOW DOES JESUS RESTORE IT?
1. JESUS TURNS MY HURTS INTO HOLINESS
“God protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me. He is my defender and my savior, my shield and my protection.” Psalm 144:2
“We know that God worksof those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
2. JESUS TAKES MY SIN UPON HIMSELF
“He was wounded and crushed for. He was beaten and took so that WE might have peace. And through his wounds, ! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6
… it was God’s plan to cause him to suffer and make his life a guilt offering for our sin, a … Isaiah 53:12
GOD IS FAR MORE INTERESTED IN YOUR CHARACTER THAN COMFORT
3. JESUS FEELS MY GRIEF AND HE HEALS MY HEART
“Hethe brokenhearted and their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
“To all who mourn… he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 (LB)
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND?
1. RELEASE MY OFFENDERS AND FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
2. TRUST THE GOOD SHEPHERD TO FORGIVE MY SINS
ACTION PLAN: When you struggle with grudges, guilt, or grief, imagine putting them in your cupped hands and offering them to God. As you pray, open your hands and see them all falling away.