10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. "I will fear no evil." May we all, by faith, catch a glimpse of our Shepherd, and every fear will vanish quite away!—C. David is better known to us than any Bible hero except St. Paul. This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. It is the echo of the shepherd-life among the hills of Judah. Psalm 23:5. straight paths. Oar blessed Lord's own path led through Gethsemane to Calvary. I. "For ever" looking onwards, perhaps, dimly, to the life beyond, which was not so clear to him as it is to us.—S. The blessed end we aim at, and the certain issue of it. 5. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. The believer has no craving thirst: he can ever drink of the living stream, and therewith be refreshed (see John 4:10; Revelation 7:17). III. John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library. On the left is a young maiden, whose face bears traces of the terror she has felt in coming through the valley, and yet of radiant hope as she now sees the good Shepherd there. It is a song of hope. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. It is the most complete picture of happiness that ever was or can be drawn. Confidence in God gives—. II. I will fear no evil, he says. THIS little psalm is an idyll of great beauty, describing the peace and calm delight which dwell with one whose trust is wholly in God. I couldn't be more grateful to John MacArthur, and his deep love of Scripture, in his writing of this gem. (e) Even though his enemies sought to destroy him, yet God delivers him, and deals most liberally with him in spite of them. My cup runneth over - It is not merely "full;" it runs over. "The earth; etc. Get Free John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library Textbook and unlimited access to our library by created an account. SUPPORT UNDER LIFE'S TRIALS. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. Much, no doubt, depends upon association; but apart from this there are reasons, in the psalm itself, to account for the high place which it holds in all hearts. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. DIVINE GOODNESS, COMPASSION, TENDER AND WATCHFUL CARE. It is a song and vow of consecration. We are not made to live alone. Faith here employs the great law of experience, and. God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. It is (in the Hebrew) the same word often beautifully Englished as "loving-kindness*' (e.g. When the Lord's day comes round, what multitudes come together, and there is bread enough and to spare for them all! John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. The danger of death is past. A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. II. & l. 8. v. 454. David could not dwell there; even a priest or Levite could not dwell there "for ever." Yet they arc as fresh as if written yesterday. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. There are some who forget God amidst the stir an& the seductions of life. In the time of our joy it has been the vehicle of our gladness, and in days of darkness it has brought us comfort. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." III. Message originally recorded on September 30, 2018. "Surely;" "all the days;" "I will dwell," or "I shall dwell;" not simply "I choose and desire," but "I expect assuredly to dwell in my Father's house for ever." No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework. (Psalms 23:4.) John MacArthur. When he gets back the wandering sheep he lays it on his own shoulders (Greek, see Luke 15:5). This is the privilege of faith; only faith can see goodness and mercy in all God's past dealings, and foresee them in all to come; for that varied fitness which is one great feature of God's loving-kindness, implies a great mixture of rough with smooth, dark and bright. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. Think also how much there is in this blessed book to refresh and bless our souls!—a "feast of fat things." 10. v. 577, 578. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. We may use the psalm as bringing before us some of the changes and contrasts of life. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But the general tendency is to view death as dark and evil, and to fear it on those accounts. 3. It is a metaphor specially consecrated to us by our Lord's employment and endorsement of it (John 10:11-16). 1. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." But in Divine lordship is no shadow of terror, except for the wilfully, wickedly disobedient, no taint of degradation, no suggestion of tyranny or arbitrary caprice. The Pulpit Commentary. Not even the darkest shade can make him fear, for God is with him there. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." This means, "Thou art continually with me," not merely with me in the darkness, but with me always. Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. Preparest—i.e., spreadest or furnishest, the usual phrase (Proverbs 9:2; Isaiah 21:5). THE SAVIOUR'S CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REDEEMING GRACE. Divine shepherding means more than green pastures and still waters; it sometimes means "the valley of the shadow of death." Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. "My Shepherd" (see John 10:11, John 10:27, John 10:28). Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. Faith sees them vanish in the light of eternity. The presence of God is life's exceeding joy. ((b) Vespes, p. 473, 516, 517. 1. How bright or dim his faith was we know not. And I will dwell. God is the only absolute Owner. The same trials are not appointed for all God's children. "The Lord is my Shepherd." The song has a threefold significance. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. I. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. In Bunyan's glorious dream the valley is placed midway in Christian's pilgrimage—the image of fierce spiritual conflict (Psalms 18:5). Free Shipping by Amazon ... (MacArthur Bible Studies) Part of: MacArthur Bible Studies (46 Books) | by John F. MacArthur | Jun 28, 2016. Death. The MacArthur Bible Handbook is the ultimate book-by-book survey of the Bible, including charts, graphs, and illustrations from today's leading expository teacher.. A unique reference tool that is committed to quality and biblical teaching—will help you easily understand each book of the Bible, its historical context, and its place in Scripture. These words are the language. This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). I. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR EVERY WANT. From first to last, and through all changes and dangers, they are safe under his loving guardianship. II. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. (Psalms 24:1; Psalms 95:5; Psalms 115:16). 13:2 to “the law of Moses,” which is also referred to as “the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:22, 23), by ascribing Ex. Download and Read online John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library ebooks in PDF, epub, Tuebl Mobi, Kindle Book. If we must not limit the figure, still less must we exclude that one application common to all, that experience in which we must he absolutely alone, unless we can say, "Thou art with me." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. III. Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. He leadeth me beside the still waters; rather, waters of refreshment; ἐπὶ ὓδατος ἀναπαύσεως (LXX.). Yet they are not mere synonyms. With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). (1 Peter 5:4.) The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries, at feasts, to anoint the heads of the guests with oil; see Ecclesiastes 9:7. They make themselves at home in every language. "Goodness and mercy" mark every feature of the Divine treatment, and they will, to life's end. In the presence of mine enemies.—We must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite. Till then they are homeless wanderers, perpetually in danger of stumbling "over the dark mountains. His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. All things here are fading. The table is the Lord's table. Thou preparest a table before me — Thou furnishest me with plenty and variety of provisions and comforts. Paperback $9.99 $ 9. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." For thou art with me. There may be loss of health, of property, of friends; there may be unknown trials. David's honour as God's guest was the greater, that it was witnessed by those who had been his enemies. not as an echo from three thousand years ago, but as the voice of a living friend. IV. The evil of death is the sense of guilt. After the figure of the shepherd fades away in Psalm 23:4, that of the host appears. This Shepherd-care is for each as well as for all. In Ezekiel 34:1-31. The perfection of manhood; the "rest that remaineth;" the "fulness of joy;" the glorious fellowships that know no break, and that bring no pain, are in our Father's house. He is a pilgrim-traveller. My cup runneth over.—Literally, My cup is abundant drink. WANT AND SATISFACTION. "For his Name's sake." What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. This is the meaning of "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever," so as to be near him and have constant intercourse with him. It is spread in my presence, and for me. The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. The psalmist looks forward, without a moment's fear of the Shepherd ever leaving him (1 Peter 5:6). That it was written by him who was raised from having care of a flock to be the king on Israel's throne, there is no reason for doubting, spite of all that destructive critics may say. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. 1. INSPIRED WORDS. Happy are they who have sought God early, and whose days from youth to age are linked together by natural piety! The secret of it is twofold. In Psalms 23:3, Psalms 23:4 the spiritual meaning shines through the figure, as in Psalms 23:5, Psalms 23:6 it is laid aside altogether; yet still the psalmist speaks of the "rod and staff." OUR ASSURANCE OF THE CONSTANCY OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND GOODNESS. He is all, and in all. In Homer's poetry, princes and princesses are seen tending their flocks, and kings and rulers are called, as in Scripture, "shepherds of the people." Jesus "the Good Shepherd" is here, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him—to glory, honour, and immortality.—W.F. His hand is seen in everything from first to last. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. IV. Here is joy. "I shall not want.". "I belong to God." These are God's gifts, not by any direct act of his, but as the consequence of striving to do his will. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. For years, the spiritual lives of countless men and women all over the world have been strengthened with the help of The MacArthur Study Bible. It is a great thing to be one of Christ's flock, ever under the Shepherd's tender care. Second Chronicles 32:32 records that he wrote a biography of King Hezekiah also. It was usual to anoint the head, as well as other parts of the body, on certain occasions; hence that of Propertius (y): and in the times before Homer (z) it was usual both to wash and anoint before meals, and not the head only, but the feet also; which, though Pliny (a) represents as luxurious, was in use in Christ's time, Luke 7:38; and spoken of as an ancient custom by Aristophanes (b) his Scholiast for daughters to anoint the feet of their parents after they had washed them; which may serve to illustrate the passage in the Gospel; see Ecclesiastes 9:8; my cup runneth over; denoting an affluence of temporal good things, and especially of spiritual ones, which was David's case. He restoreth my soul; i.e. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. 1897. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. The anointing oil is the token of the right royal welcome which the Host delights to give! Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 4. SORROW AND JOY. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. The course of thought in this psalm reminds us of a path which, after crossing peaceful plains and narrow gorges, climbs the mountain, and from its top beholds the wide, glorious prospect bathed in sunshine. (1 Peter 5:3.) This follows on the restoration. The Shepherd chides us when we rove, and uses sometimes sharp measures ere he recalls us. "Rod," the shepherd's crook, the received emblem of authority, guidance, and discipline. It is among the psalms what Daniel was, compared with other men, "greatly beloved." A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. Here we see his loving care. Odyss. For his Name's sake. For the Scripture doctrine of God's relation to his people as their Shepherd, the student may with advantage study and compare the following: Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 79:13; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 95:7; Psalms 100:3; Psalms 119:176; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 31:10; Jeremiah 23:1-3; Ezekiel 34:1-31.; Micah 7:14; Zechariah 11:16; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4-6; John 10:1-16, John 10:26-29; John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4. 2. 6. Religion, worthy of the name, cannot subsist on the bare relation of Creator and creature, any more than flowers and fruit on granite; it must be "rooted and grounded in love." In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. 1. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). The Lord is my Shepherd. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). Public worship is another "table" spread for us. 3. God is able to meet all our needs. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the. But for us the way into the holiest is made plain (Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:20). It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. All well enough—for he "giveth us all," etc. Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2 with John 10:9; John 7:37.) The LXX. Whence this calm, exulting security? Their final triumph in the day of judgment will be in the very presence of all their assembled enemies, for in their very presence He will pronounce the sentence which will make their eternal happiness sure, Matthew 25:31-36. This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. Discipline. THIS SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS ACCEPTED, AND IN IT THE NEEDY ONE GLORIES. "Still waters;" literally, "waters of rest," or refreshment. Then he will gather in and gather home all the flock (1 Peter 5:4). "Paths of righteousness' may be taken to include both the way of duty and the leading of God's providence. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. The Psalm… We have "enemies," but they have not prevailed. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. For more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. Later, rabbis often designated it “The Book of Praises.” The Septuagint (LXX)1, the Greek translation of the OT, labeled it “Psalms” (cf. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. CONCLUSION. This beautiful Psalm most admirably sets before us, in its chief figure, that of a shepherd, the gentle, kind, and sure care extended to God's people, who, as a shepherd, both rules and feeds them. He has "adversaries,'' indeed, but they are powerless to effect anything against hint They have to look on with ill-concealed annoyance at his prosperity, to see his table amply spread; his condition such as men generally envy; his wealth typified by abundant oil—thou anointest my head with oil—great, his whole life full to overflowing with blessedness. 3 and 4. Find out how you can be at peace with God for eternity as John MacArthur shows you fifteen words that sum up the most powerful truth in all of Scripture. The future is for us bright with hope. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. The "green pastures" may give place to the dark valley. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. David's authorship, asserted in the title, is highly probable; but we cannot fix the poem to any special period in his lifetime; we can only say that he is beyond the days of boyhood, having already enemies (Psalms 23:5), and that he has known what it is to be in danger of death (Psalms 23:4). The answer to all doubt is, "Thou art with me" (Isaiah 50:10). (1 Peter 5:5.) Solid Joys. Consider. He had suffered, had been weary, been persecuted, had had battles to fight, had been bewildered in his path; but God had been his Guide and Deliverer, and would continue to be all through the remainder of his life. 2. Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff—i.e. The "bread" is his "body;" the wine is "his blood;" the voice that says, "Come, eat," is his voice. We learnt it at our mother's knee, and we have cherished it fondly ever since. When weary it gives us rest; when lonely it gives us company; when oppressed with sin and care it leads us to him who can restore our souls, and guide us safely through all difficulties and dangers, onward to the bright future. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. You may be an unbeliever. "Paths of righteousness," i.e. 1-16 of over 1,000 results for "john macarthur study guides" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. The rod and staff are special emblems of the Shepherd's care in tending and ruling the flock. In recent weeks, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have been the subject of fury from leftist politicians and leftist Evangelicals because of his unwavering stance against government tyranny and its overreach into the affairs of the ecclesial matters of the Church. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. When we think of what we were and what we are; of what we deserved and of what we have received,—it is with wonder, love, and praise that we say, "Thou preparest a table before me." The expression indicates abundance. II. Composure amidst distractions. In the centre of the picture is the Lord Jesus, with a halo of glory over his head, a crown of thorns around his brow, and in one hand a shepherd's staff. But the Divine Shepherd is with him: this forbids fear. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. 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Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce, Package Httpd' Has No Installation Candidate, Manuu Admission Portal, Buckley Dog Treats Recall, Maggiano's Rigatoni Arrabbiata Copycat Recipe, "/> 10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. "I will fear no evil." May we all, by faith, catch a glimpse of our Shepherd, and every fear will vanish quite away!—C. David is better known to us than any Bible hero except St. Paul. This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. It is the echo of the shepherd-life among the hills of Judah. Psalm 23:5. straight paths. Oar blessed Lord's own path led through Gethsemane to Calvary. I. "For ever" looking onwards, perhaps, dimly, to the life beyond, which was not so clear to him as it is to us.—S. The blessed end we aim at, and the certain issue of it. 5. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. The believer has no craving thirst: he can ever drink of the living stream, and therewith be refreshed (see John 4:10; Revelation 7:17). III. John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library. On the left is a young maiden, whose face bears traces of the terror she has felt in coming through the valley, and yet of radiant hope as she now sees the good Shepherd there. It is a song of hope. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. It is the most complete picture of happiness that ever was or can be drawn. Confidence in God gives—. II. I will fear no evil, he says. THIS little psalm is an idyll of great beauty, describing the peace and calm delight which dwell with one whose trust is wholly in God. I couldn't be more grateful to John MacArthur, and his deep love of Scripture, in his writing of this gem. (e) Even though his enemies sought to destroy him, yet God delivers him, and deals most liberally with him in spite of them. My cup runneth over - It is not merely "full;" it runs over. "The earth; etc. Get Free John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library Textbook and unlimited access to our library by created an account. SUPPORT UNDER LIFE'S TRIALS. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. Much, no doubt, depends upon association; but apart from this there are reasons, in the psalm itself, to account for the high place which it holds in all hearts. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. DIVINE GOODNESS, COMPASSION, TENDER AND WATCHFUL CARE. It is a song and vow of consecration. We are not made to live alone. Faith here employs the great law of experience, and. God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. It is (in the Hebrew) the same word often beautifully Englished as "loving-kindness*' (e.g. When the Lord's day comes round, what multitudes come together, and there is bread enough and to spare for them all! John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. The danger of death is past. A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. II. & l. 8. v. 454. David could not dwell there; even a priest or Levite could not dwell there "for ever." Yet they arc as fresh as if written yesterday. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. There are some who forget God amidst the stir an& the seductions of life. In the time of our joy it has been the vehicle of our gladness, and in days of darkness it has brought us comfort. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." III. Message originally recorded on September 30, 2018. "Surely;" "all the days;" "I will dwell," or "I shall dwell;" not simply "I choose and desire," but "I expect assuredly to dwell in my Father's house for ever." No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework. (Psalms 23:4.) John MacArthur. When he gets back the wandering sheep he lays it on his own shoulders (Greek, see Luke 15:5). This is the privilege of faith; only faith can see goodness and mercy in all God's past dealings, and foresee them in all to come; for that varied fitness which is one great feature of God's loving-kindness, implies a great mixture of rough with smooth, dark and bright. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. Think also how much there is in this blessed book to refresh and bless our souls!—a "feast of fat things." 10. v. 577, 578. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. We may use the psalm as bringing before us some of the changes and contrasts of life. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But the general tendency is to view death as dark and evil, and to fear it on those accounts. 3. It is a metaphor specially consecrated to us by our Lord's employment and endorsement of it (John 10:11-16). 1. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." But in Divine lordship is no shadow of terror, except for the wilfully, wickedly disobedient, no taint of degradation, no suggestion of tyranny or arbitrary caprice. The Pulpit Commentary. Not even the darkest shade can make him fear, for God is with him there. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." This means, "Thou art continually with me," not merely with me in the darkness, but with me always. Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. Preparest—i.e., spreadest or furnishest, the usual phrase (Proverbs 9:2; Isaiah 21:5). THE SAVIOUR'S CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REDEEMING GRACE. Divine shepherding means more than green pastures and still waters; it sometimes means "the valley of the shadow of death." Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. "My Shepherd" (see John 10:11, John 10:27, John 10:28). Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. Faith sees them vanish in the light of eternity. The presence of God is life's exceeding joy. ((b) Vespes, p. 473, 516, 517. 1. How bright or dim his faith was we know not. And I will dwell. God is the only absolute Owner. The same trials are not appointed for all God's children. "The Lord is my Shepherd." The song has a threefold significance. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. I. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. In Bunyan's glorious dream the valley is placed midway in Christian's pilgrimage—the image of fierce spiritual conflict (Psalms 18:5). Free Shipping by Amazon ... (MacArthur Bible Studies) Part of: MacArthur Bible Studies (46 Books) | by John F. MacArthur | Jun 28, 2016. Death. The MacArthur Bible Handbook is the ultimate book-by-book survey of the Bible, including charts, graphs, and illustrations from today's leading expository teacher.. A unique reference tool that is committed to quality and biblical teaching—will help you easily understand each book of the Bible, its historical context, and its place in Scripture. These words are the language. This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). I. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR EVERY WANT. From first to last, and through all changes and dangers, they are safe under his loving guardianship. II. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. (Psalms 24:1; Psalms 95:5; Psalms 115:16). 13:2 to “the law of Moses,” which is also referred to as “the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:22, 23), by ascribing Ex. Download and Read online John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library ebooks in PDF, epub, Tuebl Mobi, Kindle Book. If we must not limit the figure, still less must we exclude that one application common to all, that experience in which we must he absolutely alone, unless we can say, "Thou art with me." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. III. Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. He leadeth me beside the still waters; rather, waters of refreshment; ἐπὶ ὓδατος ἀναπαύσεως (LXX.). Yet they are not mere synonyms. With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). (1 Peter 5:4.) The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries, at feasts, to anoint the heads of the guests with oil; see Ecclesiastes 9:7. They make themselves at home in every language. "Goodness and mercy" mark every feature of the Divine treatment, and they will, to life's end. In the presence of mine enemies.—We must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite. Till then they are homeless wanderers, perpetually in danger of stumbling "over the dark mountains. His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. All things here are fading. The table is the Lord's table. Thou preparest a table before me — Thou furnishest me with plenty and variety of provisions and comforts. Paperback $9.99 $ 9. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." For thou art with me. There may be loss of health, of property, of friends; there may be unknown trials. David's honour as God's guest was the greater, that it was witnessed by those who had been his enemies. not as an echo from three thousand years ago, but as the voice of a living friend. IV. The evil of death is the sense of guilt. After the figure of the shepherd fades away in Psalm 23:4, that of the host appears. This Shepherd-care is for each as well as for all. In Ezekiel 34:1-31. The perfection of manhood; the "rest that remaineth;" the "fulness of joy;" the glorious fellowships that know no break, and that bring no pain, are in our Father's house. He is a pilgrim-traveller. My cup runneth over.—Literally, My cup is abundant drink. WANT AND SATISFACTION. "For his Name's sake." What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. This is the meaning of "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever," so as to be near him and have constant intercourse with him. It is spread in my presence, and for me. The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. The psalmist looks forward, without a moment's fear of the Shepherd ever leaving him (1 Peter 5:6). That it was written by him who was raised from having care of a flock to be the king on Israel's throne, there is no reason for doubting, spite of all that destructive critics may say. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. 1. INSPIRED WORDS. Happy are they who have sought God early, and whose days from youth to age are linked together by natural piety! The secret of it is twofold. In Psalms 23:3, Psalms 23:4 the spiritual meaning shines through the figure, as in Psalms 23:5, Psalms 23:6 it is laid aside altogether; yet still the psalmist speaks of the "rod and staff." OUR ASSURANCE OF THE CONSTANCY OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND GOODNESS. He is all, and in all. In Homer's poetry, princes and princesses are seen tending their flocks, and kings and rulers are called, as in Scripture, "shepherds of the people." Jesus "the Good Shepherd" is here, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him—to glory, honour, and immortality.—W.F. His hand is seen in everything from first to last. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. IV. Here is joy. "I shall not want.". "I belong to God." These are God's gifts, not by any direct act of his, but as the consequence of striving to do his will. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. For years, the spiritual lives of countless men and women all over the world have been strengthened with the help of The MacArthur Study Bible. It is a great thing to be one of Christ's flock, ever under the Shepherd's tender care. Second Chronicles 32:32 records that he wrote a biography of King Hezekiah also. It was usual to anoint the head, as well as other parts of the body, on certain occasions; hence that of Propertius (y): and in the times before Homer (z) it was usual both to wash and anoint before meals, and not the head only, but the feet also; which, though Pliny (a) represents as luxurious, was in use in Christ's time, Luke 7:38; and spoken of as an ancient custom by Aristophanes (b) his Scholiast for daughters to anoint the feet of their parents after they had washed them; which may serve to illustrate the passage in the Gospel; see Ecclesiastes 9:8; my cup runneth over; denoting an affluence of temporal good things, and especially of spiritual ones, which was David's case. He restoreth my soul; i.e. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. 1897. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. The anointing oil is the token of the right royal welcome which the Host delights to give! Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 4. SORROW AND JOY. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. The course of thought in this psalm reminds us of a path which, after crossing peaceful plains and narrow gorges, climbs the mountain, and from its top beholds the wide, glorious prospect bathed in sunshine. (1 Peter 5:3.) This follows on the restoration. The Shepherd chides us when we rove, and uses sometimes sharp measures ere he recalls us. "Rod," the shepherd's crook, the received emblem of authority, guidance, and discipline. It is among the psalms what Daniel was, compared with other men, "greatly beloved." A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. Here we see his loving care. Odyss. For his Name's sake. For the Scripture doctrine of God's relation to his people as their Shepherd, the student may with advantage study and compare the following: Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 79:13; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 95:7; Psalms 100:3; Psalms 119:176; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 31:10; Jeremiah 23:1-3; Ezekiel 34:1-31.; Micah 7:14; Zechariah 11:16; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4-6; John 10:1-16, John 10:26-29; John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4. 2. 6. Religion, worthy of the name, cannot subsist on the bare relation of Creator and creature, any more than flowers and fruit on granite; it must be "rooted and grounded in love." In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. 1. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). The Lord is my Shepherd. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). Public worship is another "table" spread for us. 3. God is able to meet all our needs. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the. But for us the way into the holiest is made plain (Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:20). It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. All well enough—for he "giveth us all," etc. Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2 with John 10:9; John 7:37.) The LXX. Whence this calm, exulting security? Their final triumph in the day of judgment will be in the very presence of all their assembled enemies, for in their very presence He will pronounce the sentence which will make their eternal happiness sure, Matthew 25:31-36. This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. Discipline. THIS SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS ACCEPTED, AND IN IT THE NEEDY ONE GLORIES. "Still waters;" literally, "waters of rest," or refreshment. Then he will gather in and gather home all the flock (1 Peter 5:4). "Paths of righteousness' may be taken to include both the way of duty and the leading of God's providence. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. The Psalm… We have "enemies," but they have not prevailed. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. For more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. Later, rabbis often designated it “The Book of Praises.” The Septuagint (LXX)1, the Greek translation of the OT, labeled it “Psalms” (cf. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. CONCLUSION. This beautiful Psalm most admirably sets before us, in its chief figure, that of a shepherd, the gentle, kind, and sure care extended to God's people, who, as a shepherd, both rules and feeds them. He has "adversaries,'' indeed, but they are powerless to effect anything against hint They have to look on with ill-concealed annoyance at his prosperity, to see his table amply spread; his condition such as men generally envy; his wealth typified by abundant oil—thou anointest my head with oil—great, his whole life full to overflowing with blessedness. 3 and 4. Find out how you can be at peace with God for eternity as John MacArthur shows you fifteen words that sum up the most powerful truth in all of Scripture. The future is for us bright with hope. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. The "green pastures" may give place to the dark valley. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. David's authorship, asserted in the title, is highly probable; but we cannot fix the poem to any special period in his lifetime; we can only say that he is beyond the days of boyhood, having already enemies (Psalms 23:5), and that he has known what it is to be in danger of death (Psalms 23:4). The answer to all doubt is, "Thou art with me" (Isaiah 50:10). (1 Peter 5:5.) Solid Joys. Consider. He had suffered, had been weary, been persecuted, had had battles to fight, had been bewildered in his path; but God had been his Guide and Deliverer, and would continue to be all through the remainder of his life. 2. Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff—i.e. The "bread" is his "body;" the wine is "his blood;" the voice that says, "Come, eat," is his voice. We learnt it at our mother's knee, and we have cherished it fondly ever since. When weary it gives us rest; when lonely it gives us company; when oppressed with sin and care it leads us to him who can restore our souls, and guide us safely through all difficulties and dangers, onward to the bright future. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. You may be an unbeliever. "Paths of righteousness," i.e. 1-16 of over 1,000 results for "john macarthur study guides" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. The rod and staff are special emblems of the Shepherd's care in tending and ruling the flock. In recent weeks, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have been the subject of fury from leftist politicians and leftist Evangelicals because of his unwavering stance against government tyranny and its overreach into the affairs of the ecclesial matters of the Church. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. When we think of what we were and what we are; of what we deserved and of what we have received,—it is with wonder, love, and praise that we say, "Thou preparest a table before me." The expression indicates abundance. II. Composure amidst distractions. In the centre of the picture is the Lord Jesus, with a halo of glory over his head, a crown of thorns around his brow, and in one hand a shepherd's staff. But the Divine Shepherd is with him: this forbids fear. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. 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Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce, Package Httpd' Has No Installation Candidate, Manuu Admission Portal, Buckley Dog Treats Recall, Maggiano's Rigatoni Arrabbiata Copycat Recipe, "/> 10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. "I will fear no evil." May we all, by faith, catch a glimpse of our Shepherd, and every fear will vanish quite away!—C. David is better known to us than any Bible hero except St. Paul. This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. It is the echo of the shepherd-life among the hills of Judah. Psalm 23:5. straight paths. Oar blessed Lord's own path led through Gethsemane to Calvary. I. "For ever" looking onwards, perhaps, dimly, to the life beyond, which was not so clear to him as it is to us.—S. The blessed end we aim at, and the certain issue of it. 5. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. The believer has no craving thirst: he can ever drink of the living stream, and therewith be refreshed (see John 4:10; Revelation 7:17). III. John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library. On the left is a young maiden, whose face bears traces of the terror she has felt in coming through the valley, and yet of radiant hope as she now sees the good Shepherd there. It is a song of hope. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. It is the most complete picture of happiness that ever was or can be drawn. Confidence in God gives—. II. I will fear no evil, he says. THIS little psalm is an idyll of great beauty, describing the peace and calm delight which dwell with one whose trust is wholly in God. I couldn't be more grateful to John MacArthur, and his deep love of Scripture, in his writing of this gem. (e) Even though his enemies sought to destroy him, yet God delivers him, and deals most liberally with him in spite of them. My cup runneth over - It is not merely "full;" it runs over. "The earth; etc. Get Free John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library Textbook and unlimited access to our library by created an account. SUPPORT UNDER LIFE'S TRIALS. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. Much, no doubt, depends upon association; but apart from this there are reasons, in the psalm itself, to account for the high place which it holds in all hearts. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. DIVINE GOODNESS, COMPASSION, TENDER AND WATCHFUL CARE. It is a song and vow of consecration. We are not made to live alone. Faith here employs the great law of experience, and. God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. It is (in the Hebrew) the same word often beautifully Englished as "loving-kindness*' (e.g. When the Lord's day comes round, what multitudes come together, and there is bread enough and to spare for them all! John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. The danger of death is past. A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. II. & l. 8. v. 454. David could not dwell there; even a priest or Levite could not dwell there "for ever." Yet they arc as fresh as if written yesterday. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. There are some who forget God amidst the stir an& the seductions of life. In the time of our joy it has been the vehicle of our gladness, and in days of darkness it has brought us comfort. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." III. Message originally recorded on September 30, 2018. "Surely;" "all the days;" "I will dwell," or "I shall dwell;" not simply "I choose and desire," but "I expect assuredly to dwell in my Father's house for ever." No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework. (Psalms 23:4.) John MacArthur. When he gets back the wandering sheep he lays it on his own shoulders (Greek, see Luke 15:5). This is the privilege of faith; only faith can see goodness and mercy in all God's past dealings, and foresee them in all to come; for that varied fitness which is one great feature of God's loving-kindness, implies a great mixture of rough with smooth, dark and bright. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. Think also how much there is in this blessed book to refresh and bless our souls!—a "feast of fat things." 10. v. 577, 578. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. We may use the psalm as bringing before us some of the changes and contrasts of life. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But the general tendency is to view death as dark and evil, and to fear it on those accounts. 3. It is a metaphor specially consecrated to us by our Lord's employment and endorsement of it (John 10:11-16). 1. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." But in Divine lordship is no shadow of terror, except for the wilfully, wickedly disobedient, no taint of degradation, no suggestion of tyranny or arbitrary caprice. The Pulpit Commentary. Not even the darkest shade can make him fear, for God is with him there. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." This means, "Thou art continually with me," not merely with me in the darkness, but with me always. Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. Preparest—i.e., spreadest or furnishest, the usual phrase (Proverbs 9:2; Isaiah 21:5). THE SAVIOUR'S CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REDEEMING GRACE. Divine shepherding means more than green pastures and still waters; it sometimes means "the valley of the shadow of death." Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. "My Shepherd" (see John 10:11, John 10:27, John 10:28). Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. Faith sees them vanish in the light of eternity. The presence of God is life's exceeding joy. ((b) Vespes, p. 473, 516, 517. 1. How bright or dim his faith was we know not. And I will dwell. God is the only absolute Owner. The same trials are not appointed for all God's children. "The Lord is my Shepherd." The song has a threefold significance. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. I. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. In Bunyan's glorious dream the valley is placed midway in Christian's pilgrimage—the image of fierce spiritual conflict (Psalms 18:5). Free Shipping by Amazon ... (MacArthur Bible Studies) Part of: MacArthur Bible Studies (46 Books) | by John F. MacArthur | Jun 28, 2016. Death. The MacArthur Bible Handbook is the ultimate book-by-book survey of the Bible, including charts, graphs, and illustrations from today's leading expository teacher.. A unique reference tool that is committed to quality and biblical teaching—will help you easily understand each book of the Bible, its historical context, and its place in Scripture. These words are the language. This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). I. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR EVERY WANT. From first to last, and through all changes and dangers, they are safe under his loving guardianship. II. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. (Psalms 24:1; Psalms 95:5; Psalms 115:16). 13:2 to “the law of Moses,” which is also referred to as “the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:22, 23), by ascribing Ex. Download and Read online John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library ebooks in PDF, epub, Tuebl Mobi, Kindle Book. If we must not limit the figure, still less must we exclude that one application common to all, that experience in which we must he absolutely alone, unless we can say, "Thou art with me." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. III. Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. He leadeth me beside the still waters; rather, waters of refreshment; ἐπὶ ὓδατος ἀναπαύσεως (LXX.). Yet they are not mere synonyms. With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). (1 Peter 5:4.) The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries, at feasts, to anoint the heads of the guests with oil; see Ecclesiastes 9:7. They make themselves at home in every language. "Goodness and mercy" mark every feature of the Divine treatment, and they will, to life's end. In the presence of mine enemies.—We must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite. Till then they are homeless wanderers, perpetually in danger of stumbling "over the dark mountains. His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. All things here are fading. The table is the Lord's table. Thou preparest a table before me — Thou furnishest me with plenty and variety of provisions and comforts. Paperback $9.99 $ 9. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." For thou art with me. There may be loss of health, of property, of friends; there may be unknown trials. David's honour as God's guest was the greater, that it was witnessed by those who had been his enemies. not as an echo from three thousand years ago, but as the voice of a living friend. IV. The evil of death is the sense of guilt. After the figure of the shepherd fades away in Psalm 23:4, that of the host appears. This Shepherd-care is for each as well as for all. In Ezekiel 34:1-31. The perfection of manhood; the "rest that remaineth;" the "fulness of joy;" the glorious fellowships that know no break, and that bring no pain, are in our Father's house. He is a pilgrim-traveller. My cup runneth over.—Literally, My cup is abundant drink. WANT AND SATISFACTION. "For his Name's sake." What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. This is the meaning of "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever," so as to be near him and have constant intercourse with him. It is spread in my presence, and for me. The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. The psalmist looks forward, without a moment's fear of the Shepherd ever leaving him (1 Peter 5:6). That it was written by him who was raised from having care of a flock to be the king on Israel's throne, there is no reason for doubting, spite of all that destructive critics may say. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. 1. INSPIRED WORDS. Happy are they who have sought God early, and whose days from youth to age are linked together by natural piety! The secret of it is twofold. In Psalms 23:3, Psalms 23:4 the spiritual meaning shines through the figure, as in Psalms 23:5, Psalms 23:6 it is laid aside altogether; yet still the psalmist speaks of the "rod and staff." OUR ASSURANCE OF THE CONSTANCY OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND GOODNESS. He is all, and in all. In Homer's poetry, princes and princesses are seen tending their flocks, and kings and rulers are called, as in Scripture, "shepherds of the people." Jesus "the Good Shepherd" is here, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him—to glory, honour, and immortality.—W.F. His hand is seen in everything from first to last. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. IV. Here is joy. "I shall not want.". "I belong to God." These are God's gifts, not by any direct act of his, but as the consequence of striving to do his will. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. For years, the spiritual lives of countless men and women all over the world have been strengthened with the help of The MacArthur Study Bible. It is a great thing to be one of Christ's flock, ever under the Shepherd's tender care. Second Chronicles 32:32 records that he wrote a biography of King Hezekiah also. It was usual to anoint the head, as well as other parts of the body, on certain occasions; hence that of Propertius (y): and in the times before Homer (z) it was usual both to wash and anoint before meals, and not the head only, but the feet also; which, though Pliny (a) represents as luxurious, was in use in Christ's time, Luke 7:38; and spoken of as an ancient custom by Aristophanes (b) his Scholiast for daughters to anoint the feet of their parents after they had washed them; which may serve to illustrate the passage in the Gospel; see Ecclesiastes 9:8; my cup runneth over; denoting an affluence of temporal good things, and especially of spiritual ones, which was David's case. He restoreth my soul; i.e. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. 1897. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. The anointing oil is the token of the right royal welcome which the Host delights to give! Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 4. SORROW AND JOY. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. The course of thought in this psalm reminds us of a path which, after crossing peaceful plains and narrow gorges, climbs the mountain, and from its top beholds the wide, glorious prospect bathed in sunshine. (1 Peter 5:3.) This follows on the restoration. The Shepherd chides us when we rove, and uses sometimes sharp measures ere he recalls us. "Rod," the shepherd's crook, the received emblem of authority, guidance, and discipline. It is among the psalms what Daniel was, compared with other men, "greatly beloved." A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. Here we see his loving care. Odyss. For his Name's sake. For the Scripture doctrine of God's relation to his people as their Shepherd, the student may with advantage study and compare the following: Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 79:13; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 95:7; Psalms 100:3; Psalms 119:176; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 31:10; Jeremiah 23:1-3; Ezekiel 34:1-31.; Micah 7:14; Zechariah 11:16; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4-6; John 10:1-16, John 10:26-29; John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4. 2. 6. Religion, worthy of the name, cannot subsist on the bare relation of Creator and creature, any more than flowers and fruit on granite; it must be "rooted and grounded in love." In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. 1. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). The Lord is my Shepherd. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). Public worship is another "table" spread for us. 3. God is able to meet all our needs. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the. But for us the way into the holiest is made plain (Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:20). It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. All well enough—for he "giveth us all," etc. Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2 with John 10:9; John 7:37.) The LXX. Whence this calm, exulting security? Their final triumph in the day of judgment will be in the very presence of all their assembled enemies, for in their very presence He will pronounce the sentence which will make their eternal happiness sure, Matthew 25:31-36. This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. Discipline. THIS SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS ACCEPTED, AND IN IT THE NEEDY ONE GLORIES. "Still waters;" literally, "waters of rest," or refreshment. Then he will gather in and gather home all the flock (1 Peter 5:4). "Paths of righteousness' may be taken to include both the way of duty and the leading of God's providence. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. The Psalm… We have "enemies," but they have not prevailed. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. For more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. Later, rabbis often designated it “The Book of Praises.” The Septuagint (LXX)1, the Greek translation of the OT, labeled it “Psalms” (cf. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. CONCLUSION. This beautiful Psalm most admirably sets before us, in its chief figure, that of a shepherd, the gentle, kind, and sure care extended to God's people, who, as a shepherd, both rules and feeds them. He has "adversaries,'' indeed, but they are powerless to effect anything against hint They have to look on with ill-concealed annoyance at his prosperity, to see his table amply spread; his condition such as men generally envy; his wealth typified by abundant oil—thou anointest my head with oil—great, his whole life full to overflowing with blessedness. 3 and 4. Find out how you can be at peace with God for eternity as John MacArthur shows you fifteen words that sum up the most powerful truth in all of Scripture. The future is for us bright with hope. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. The "green pastures" may give place to the dark valley. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. David's authorship, asserted in the title, is highly probable; but we cannot fix the poem to any special period in his lifetime; we can only say that he is beyond the days of boyhood, having already enemies (Psalms 23:5), and that he has known what it is to be in danger of death (Psalms 23:4). The answer to all doubt is, "Thou art with me" (Isaiah 50:10). (1 Peter 5:5.) Solid Joys. Consider. He had suffered, had been weary, been persecuted, had had battles to fight, had been bewildered in his path; but God had been his Guide and Deliverer, and would continue to be all through the remainder of his life. 2. Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff—i.e. The "bread" is his "body;" the wine is "his blood;" the voice that says, "Come, eat," is his voice. We learnt it at our mother's knee, and we have cherished it fondly ever since. When weary it gives us rest; when lonely it gives us company; when oppressed with sin and care it leads us to him who can restore our souls, and guide us safely through all difficulties and dangers, onward to the bright future. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. You may be an unbeliever. "Paths of righteousness," i.e. 1-16 of over 1,000 results for "john macarthur study guides" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. The rod and staff are special emblems of the Shepherd's care in tending and ruling the flock. In recent weeks, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have been the subject of fury from leftist politicians and leftist Evangelicals because of his unwavering stance against government tyranny and its overreach into the affairs of the ecclesial matters of the Church. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. When we think of what we were and what we are; of what we deserved and of what we have received,—it is with wonder, love, and praise that we say, "Thou preparest a table before me." The expression indicates abundance. II. Composure amidst distractions. In the centre of the picture is the Lord Jesus, with a halo of glory over his head, a crown of thorns around his brow, and in one hand a shepherd's staff. But the Divine Shepherd is with him: this forbids fear. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. 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"All the days of my life"—days to come, as in (lays past. If there are times of sweet rest and comfort, there are also times of struggling and of fear. Dr.John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work of more than 35 years to create the most comprehensive study Bible available. The king fleeing before Absolom and forsaken by the mass of his people was, with his army, even outwardly in danger of being destroyed by want; it is, therefore, even an abundance of daily bread streaming in upon them, as in 2 Samuel 17:27-29, that is meant; but even this, spiritually regarded, as a gift from heaven, and so that the satisfying, refreshing and quickening is only the outside phase of simultaneous inward experiences. We may set it forth under the following heads: 1. But more is promised. The points of detail are set forth in this psalm with exquisite tenderness and beauty, £. The child, repeats them at his mother's knee; the scholar expends on them his choicest learning; the plain Christian loves them for their simplicity as much as for their beauty; the Church lifts them to heaven in the many-voiced chorus; they fall like music on the sick man's ear and heart; the dying Christian says, "That is my psalm" and cheers himself with its words of faith and courage as he enters the dark valley. This is the utterance of weakness and of trust. There is a picture by Sir Noel Paten, which is a marvellous illustration of this psalm. They make me feel that, however long and however dreary the way through the dark vale, I shall still have thy guidance and thy protection. III. revives it and reinvigorates it when it is exhausted and weary (see the comment on Isaiah 19:7, where the same verb occurs). A feast or banquet is spread for us by a royal Host. Why is this? It is his to restore the soul, to reclaim the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7), raise the fallen, refresh the weak, to lead in the path of duty (John 8:12). 4.8 out of 5 stars 127. They conduct their business and enjoy their pleasures "without God" (Isaiah 5:8-12). Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. HINT: Since there are such a large number of resources on this page (>10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. "I will fear no evil." May we all, by faith, catch a glimpse of our Shepherd, and every fear will vanish quite away!—C. David is better known to us than any Bible hero except St. Paul. This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. It is the echo of the shepherd-life among the hills of Judah. Psalm 23:5. straight paths. Oar blessed Lord's own path led through Gethsemane to Calvary. I. "For ever" looking onwards, perhaps, dimly, to the life beyond, which was not so clear to him as it is to us.—S. The blessed end we aim at, and the certain issue of it. 5. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. The believer has no craving thirst: he can ever drink of the living stream, and therewith be refreshed (see John 4:10; Revelation 7:17). III. John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library. On the left is a young maiden, whose face bears traces of the terror she has felt in coming through the valley, and yet of radiant hope as she now sees the good Shepherd there. It is a song of hope. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. It is the most complete picture of happiness that ever was or can be drawn. Confidence in God gives—. II. I will fear no evil, he says. THIS little psalm is an idyll of great beauty, describing the peace and calm delight which dwell with one whose trust is wholly in God. I couldn't be more grateful to John MacArthur, and his deep love of Scripture, in his writing of this gem. (e) Even though his enemies sought to destroy him, yet God delivers him, and deals most liberally with him in spite of them. My cup runneth over - It is not merely "full;" it runs over. "The earth; etc. Get Free John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library Textbook and unlimited access to our library by created an account. SUPPORT UNDER LIFE'S TRIALS. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. Much, no doubt, depends upon association; but apart from this there are reasons, in the psalm itself, to account for the high place which it holds in all hearts. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. DIVINE GOODNESS, COMPASSION, TENDER AND WATCHFUL CARE. It is a song and vow of consecration. We are not made to live alone. Faith here employs the great law of experience, and. God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. It is (in the Hebrew) the same word often beautifully Englished as "loving-kindness*' (e.g. When the Lord's day comes round, what multitudes come together, and there is bread enough and to spare for them all! John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. The danger of death is past. A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. II. & l. 8. v. 454. David could not dwell there; even a priest or Levite could not dwell there "for ever." Yet they arc as fresh as if written yesterday. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. There are some who forget God amidst the stir an& the seductions of life. In the time of our joy it has been the vehicle of our gladness, and in days of darkness it has brought us comfort. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." III. Message originally recorded on September 30, 2018. "Surely;" "all the days;" "I will dwell," or "I shall dwell;" not simply "I choose and desire," but "I expect assuredly to dwell in my Father's house for ever." No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework. (Psalms 23:4.) John MacArthur. When he gets back the wandering sheep he lays it on his own shoulders (Greek, see Luke 15:5). This is the privilege of faith; only faith can see goodness and mercy in all God's past dealings, and foresee them in all to come; for that varied fitness which is one great feature of God's loving-kindness, implies a great mixture of rough with smooth, dark and bright. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. Think also how much there is in this blessed book to refresh and bless our souls!—a "feast of fat things." 10. v. 577, 578. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. We may use the psalm as bringing before us some of the changes and contrasts of life. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But the general tendency is to view death as dark and evil, and to fear it on those accounts. 3. It is a metaphor specially consecrated to us by our Lord's employment and endorsement of it (John 10:11-16). 1. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." But in Divine lordship is no shadow of terror, except for the wilfully, wickedly disobedient, no taint of degradation, no suggestion of tyranny or arbitrary caprice. The Pulpit Commentary. Not even the darkest shade can make him fear, for God is with him there. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." This means, "Thou art continually with me," not merely with me in the darkness, but with me always. Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. Preparest—i.e., spreadest or furnishest, the usual phrase (Proverbs 9:2; Isaiah 21:5). THE SAVIOUR'S CONSTANT PRESENCE AND REDEEMING GRACE. Divine shepherding means more than green pastures and still waters; it sometimes means "the valley of the shadow of death." Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. "My Shepherd" (see John 10:11, John 10:27, John 10:28). Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. Faith sees them vanish in the light of eternity. The presence of God is life's exceeding joy. ((b) Vespes, p. 473, 516, 517. 1. How bright or dim his faith was we know not. And I will dwell. God is the only absolute Owner. The same trials are not appointed for all God's children. "The Lord is my Shepherd." The song has a threefold significance. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. I. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. In Bunyan's glorious dream the valley is placed midway in Christian's pilgrimage—the image of fierce spiritual conflict (Psalms 18:5). Free Shipping by Amazon ... (MacArthur Bible Studies) Part of: MacArthur Bible Studies (46 Books) | by John F. MacArthur | Jun 28, 2016. Death. The MacArthur Bible Handbook is the ultimate book-by-book survey of the Bible, including charts, graphs, and illustrations from today's leading expository teacher.. A unique reference tool that is committed to quality and biblical teaching—will help you easily understand each book of the Bible, its historical context, and its place in Scripture. These words are the language. This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). I. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR EVERY WANT. From first to last, and through all changes and dangers, they are safe under his loving guardianship. II. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. (Psalms 24:1; Psalms 95:5; Psalms 115:16). 13:2 to “the law of Moses,” which is also referred to as “the law of the Lord” (Luke 2:22, 23), by ascribing Ex. Download and Read online John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library ebooks in PDF, epub, Tuebl Mobi, Kindle Book. If we must not limit the figure, still less must we exclude that one application common to all, that experience in which we must he absolutely alone, unless we can say, "Thou art with me." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. III. Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. He leadeth me beside the still waters; rather, waters of refreshment; ἐπὶ ὓδατος ἀναπαύσεως (LXX.). Yet they are not mere synonyms. With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). (1 Peter 5:4.) The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries, at feasts, to anoint the heads of the guests with oil; see Ecclesiastes 9:7. They make themselves at home in every language. "Goodness and mercy" mark every feature of the Divine treatment, and they will, to life's end. In the presence of mine enemies.—We must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite. Till then they are homeless wanderers, perpetually in danger of stumbling "over the dark mountains. His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. All things here are fading. The table is the Lord's table. Thou preparest a table before me — Thou furnishest me with plenty and variety of provisions and comforts. Paperback $9.99 $ 9. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." For thou art with me. There may be loss of health, of property, of friends; there may be unknown trials. David's honour as God's guest was the greater, that it was witnessed by those who had been his enemies. not as an echo from three thousand years ago, but as the voice of a living friend. IV. The evil of death is the sense of guilt. After the figure of the shepherd fades away in Psalm 23:4, that of the host appears. This Shepherd-care is for each as well as for all. In Ezekiel 34:1-31. The perfection of manhood; the "rest that remaineth;" the "fulness of joy;" the glorious fellowships that know no break, and that bring no pain, are in our Father's house. He is a pilgrim-traveller. My cup runneth over.—Literally, My cup is abundant drink. WANT AND SATISFACTION. "For his Name's sake." What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. This is the meaning of "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever," so as to be near him and have constant intercourse with him. It is spread in my presence, and for me. The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. The psalmist looks forward, without a moment's fear of the Shepherd ever leaving him (1 Peter 5:6). That it was written by him who was raised from having care of a flock to be the king on Israel's throne, there is no reason for doubting, spite of all that destructive critics may say. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. 1. INSPIRED WORDS. Happy are they who have sought God early, and whose days from youth to age are linked together by natural piety! The secret of it is twofold. In Psalms 23:3, Psalms 23:4 the spiritual meaning shines through the figure, as in Psalms 23:5, Psalms 23:6 it is laid aside altogether; yet still the psalmist speaks of the "rod and staff." OUR ASSURANCE OF THE CONSTANCY OF THE DIVINE LOVE AND GOODNESS. He is all, and in all. In Homer's poetry, princes and princesses are seen tending their flocks, and kings and rulers are called, as in Scripture, "shepherds of the people." Jesus "the Good Shepherd" is here, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him—to glory, honour, and immortality.—W.F. His hand is seen in everything from first to last. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. IV. Here is joy. "I shall not want.". "I belong to God." These are God's gifts, not by any direct act of his, but as the consequence of striving to do his will. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. For years, the spiritual lives of countless men and women all over the world have been strengthened with the help of The MacArthur Study Bible. It is a great thing to be one of Christ's flock, ever under the Shepherd's tender care. Second Chronicles 32:32 records that he wrote a biography of King Hezekiah also. It was usual to anoint the head, as well as other parts of the body, on certain occasions; hence that of Propertius (y): and in the times before Homer (z) it was usual both to wash and anoint before meals, and not the head only, but the feet also; which, though Pliny (a) represents as luxurious, was in use in Christ's time, Luke 7:38; and spoken of as an ancient custom by Aristophanes (b) his Scholiast for daughters to anoint the feet of their parents after they had washed them; which may serve to illustrate the passage in the Gospel; see Ecclesiastes 9:8; my cup runneth over; denoting an affluence of temporal good things, and especially of spiritual ones, which was David's case. He restoreth my soul; i.e. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. 1897. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. The anointing oil is the token of the right royal welcome which the Host delights to give! Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 4. SORROW AND JOY. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. The course of thought in this psalm reminds us of a path which, after crossing peaceful plains and narrow gorges, climbs the mountain, and from its top beholds the wide, glorious prospect bathed in sunshine. (1 Peter 5:3.) This follows on the restoration. The Shepherd chides us when we rove, and uses sometimes sharp measures ere he recalls us. "Rod," the shepherd's crook, the received emblem of authority, guidance, and discipline. It is among the psalms what Daniel was, compared with other men, "greatly beloved." A sudden transition and contrast, such as David loved. Here we see his loving care. Odyss. For his Name's sake. For the Scripture doctrine of God's relation to his people as their Shepherd, the student may with advantage study and compare the following: Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 79:13; Psalms 80:1; Psalms 95:7; Psalms 100:3; Psalms 119:176; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 31:10; Jeremiah 23:1-3; Ezekiel 34:1-31.; Micah 7:14; Zechariah 11:16; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4-6; John 10:1-16, John 10:26-29; John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4. 2. 6. Religion, worthy of the name, cannot subsist on the bare relation of Creator and creature, any more than flowers and fruit on granite; it must be "rooted and grounded in love." In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. 1. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). The Lord is my Shepherd. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). Public worship is another "table" spread for us. 3. God is able to meet all our needs. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the. But for us the way into the holiest is made plain (Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:20). It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. All well enough—for he "giveth us all," etc. Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2 with John 10:9; John 7:37.) The LXX. Whence this calm, exulting security? Their final triumph in the day of judgment will be in the very presence of all their assembled enemies, for in their very presence He will pronounce the sentence which will make their eternal happiness sure, Matthew 25:31-36. This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. Discipline. THIS SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS ACCEPTED, AND IN IT THE NEEDY ONE GLORIES. "Still waters;" literally, "waters of rest," or refreshment. Then he will gather in and gather home all the flock (1 Peter 5:4). "Paths of righteousness' may be taken to include both the way of duty and the leading of God's providence. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. The Psalm… We have "enemies," but they have not prevailed. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. For more than 50 years, Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work to create the most comprehensive scriptural reference notes for the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. Later, rabbis often designated it “The Book of Praises.” The Septuagint (LXX)1, the Greek translation of the OT, labeled it “Psalms” (cf. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. CONCLUSION. This beautiful Psalm most admirably sets before us, in its chief figure, that of a shepherd, the gentle, kind, and sure care extended to God's people, who, as a shepherd, both rules and feeds them. He has "adversaries,'' indeed, but they are powerless to effect anything against hint They have to look on with ill-concealed annoyance at his prosperity, to see his table amply spread; his condition such as men generally envy; his wealth typified by abundant oil—thou anointest my head with oil—great, his whole life full to overflowing with blessedness. 3 and 4. Find out how you can be at peace with God for eternity as John MacArthur shows you fifteen words that sum up the most powerful truth in all of Scripture. The future is for us bright with hope. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. The "green pastures" may give place to the dark valley. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. David's authorship, asserted in the title, is highly probable; but we cannot fix the poem to any special period in his lifetime; we can only say that he is beyond the days of boyhood, having already enemies (Psalms 23:5), and that he has known what it is to be in danger of death (Psalms 23:4). The answer to all doubt is, "Thou art with me" (Isaiah 50:10). (1 Peter 5:5.) Solid Joys. Consider. He had suffered, had been weary, been persecuted, had had battles to fight, had been bewildered in his path; but God had been his Guide and Deliverer, and would continue to be all through the remainder of his life. 2. Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff—i.e. The "bread" is his "body;" the wine is "his blood;" the voice that says, "Come, eat," is his voice. We learnt it at our mother's knee, and we have cherished it fondly ever since. When weary it gives us rest; when lonely it gives us company; when oppressed with sin and care it leads us to him who can restore our souls, and guide us safely through all difficulties and dangers, onward to the bright future. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. You may be an unbeliever. "Paths of righteousness," i.e. 1-16 of over 1,000 results for "john macarthur study guides" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. The rod and staff are special emblems of the Shepherd's care in tending and ruling the flock. In recent weeks, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have been the subject of fury from leftist politicians and leftist Evangelicals because of his unwavering stance against government tyranny and its overreach into the affairs of the ecclesial matters of the Church. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. When we think of what we were and what we are; of what we deserved and of what we have received,—it is with wonder, love, and praise that we say, "Thou preparest a table before me." The expression indicates abundance. II. Composure amidst distractions. In the centre of the picture is the Lord Jesus, with a halo of glory over his head, a crown of thorns around his brow, and in one hand a shepherd's staff. But the Divine Shepherd is with him: this forbids fear. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John came to Grace Community Church. 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