Episode 034 – Psalm 23 Pt 1: My Savvy Shepherd
Key Passage(s): Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and beloved passages in the entire Bible. And over the next several weeks, we’re going to tackle this culturally-rich psalm, unpacking all the ways it’s as relevant today as it was when written three thousand years ago. In this particular teaching, we learn what it takes to be a great shepherd, and how astounding it is for David to proclaim, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
- What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- How have you traditionally understood the shepherding profession?
- What surprised you most about the skills required to shepherd well?
- Do you find your deepest security in the good shepherd or do you place it in other things (position, wealth, reputation, accomplishments, other people, etc.)?
- In what ways have you been lured into the “wants of the world” and have lost sight of your need to rely on the good shepherd?
- What “needs” do you have that you haven’t brought before God in a while or even at all? Take some time to do so.
- How will you begin relying anew on the good shepherd this week?
For Further Study
- The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament by Kenneth E. Bailey
- Psalm 23: A Photo Commentary by Steven D. Anderson and Todd Bolen
- Psalm 23: Photo Companion to the Bible (pictures) by Todd Bolen (BiblePlaces.com)
- While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Timothy Laniak
- Becoming a Judean Shepherd by Doug Greenwold
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