How well do you know the basic stories of the Bible?  Do you know the important characters in the Bible and where their stories are located in the Bible?  This series will look at some of the foundational stories of the Bible that we each should know.

Using a simple reading from The Beginner’s Bible (Zondervan, 2005), we’ll be introduced to a new story each week.  Use the chart below and read the text from your own Bible before coming to worship.  Come with observations and questions.  And, if you need a Bible, please contact Pastor Jacob.


 
Sunday June 16th

The Lord Is My Shepherd


see Psalm 23

 The Psalms are the songbook and prayers of God’s people.  Written some 2500-3000 years ago, the Psalms have provided comfort to countless people seeking refuge in dire circumstances and hope in the midst of despair.  The Psalms express the full spectrum of human emotion: anger, joy, grief, and hope.

Psalm 23 is most often spoken and heard at funeral services.  In modern times, the King James version of this text is best known.  It is primarily about trust.  One can easily imagine the Psalmist hunkered down in the dark reciting this Psalm as motivation to keep going in the midst of danger and uncertainty: “The Lord is my shepherd.  I lack nothing.  He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; he keeps me alive” (Psalm 23:1-2, Common English Bible).  The Psalm offers encouragement and hope that in all situations God will lead God’s people on a path of safety, serenity, and abundance.  The Psalmist is not there now, but trusting that God will lead her to grassy meadows, restful waters, and a table of plenty.  The Psalmist trusts that like a shepherd, God will lead her there.

 

What words do you repeat to remind you of God’s provision and watchful care over your life?

 

 
next week’s story to know
The Beginning (Genesis 1)

 

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