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3. The Shepherd: When My Shepherd and God's Shepherd met

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Verse 1a:  Psalm 23
March 3
                Albert Barnes wrote, “The psalm has always been regarded as one of exquisite beauty. The leading thought is his full belief that God would provide for him, and that he would never be left to want.”


                The word “LORD” is the name Jehovah, Yah-weh, a name Jesus uses in the Seven “I AM” statements in gospel of John[1] and the book of the Revelation.[2] Jesus literally means “Jehovah is Salvation.” When Moses needed to define who God was, God revealed Himself as Jehovah (Exod. 3:14), “the self-existent One” (Scofield).
            Secondly notice that the Shepherd is mine. Spurgeon said that the sweetest word in the sweetest psalm is the word “my.” He is my Substitute, receiving the affliction we deserve.The word “shepherd” in a Hebrew dictionary is next to the word “friend.” When you read this psalm, do not read as a poem or as a mere work of literature. Read it as one who knows the Shepherd intimately. 
            Third, Jesus is God’…