Sunday’s Message: Is God Your Shepherd?

The Message

Read Psalm 23

Questions for Reflection

  • Are you experiencing God’s provision?
  • Are you experiencing God’s protection?
  • Are you experiencing God’s guidance?
  • Do you believe in Jesus and are you following him?
  • Are you taking time to enjoy God’s presence in your life?

Prayer Requests

  • Thank and praise God for sending Jesus to die for our sins, to resurrect, and to make intercession for us before Him.
  • Ask God to forgive your sins and to help you follow Jesus, His Son.
  • Ask God to manifest Himself in your life as your Shepherd.
  • For God to use me and these posts to touch hearts and lives.
  • If you want me to share your prayer request in a post, email the prayer request to pastormarcelo@pastormarcelo.online just as you would like it to appear (you can include your first name, but there’s no need to include your last name).

Suggested Listening

Need encouragment? Check out the song “Stand in Faith” by Danny Gokey. Here’s a link to the lyrics.


Family Devotions

Family devotions can be boring if all you do is read the Bible and pray the same thing. You can make them more engaging by adding variety with the memory verse, conversation points, and focused prayer below. Try including rewards like their favorite candy or an extra scoop of ice cream after dinner.

Memory Verse

If memorizing the whole verse is too difficult, memorize only the underlined portion.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-3, ESV)

Conversation Points

A simple question. What does it mean that God is our shepherd?

A more complex question. How does God provide for all our needs?

Focused Prayer

  • Thank God because He is your Shepherd.
  • Ask Him to provide for the needs of your family and to protect you.
  • Ask God to provide for the needs of others and protect them too.

Bed Time Story

Lambert was a little lamb who at night slept on the grass with the rest of the flock. Every morning, Lambert and the flock got up as soon as the shepherd called them. “Let’s go!” the shepherd would shout, and all the sheep would follow.

The shepherd would lead the sheep over the river and through the woods, over the hills and through the valley, until they would come to a little lake with very clear water—and around that lake, a green and yummy grass grew.

There, the sheep would spend the rest of the morning eating grass, drinking water, and playing. What would they play? They liked to play tag, they liked to play hide and seek, and they also liked to sing. “Bah! Bah!” they would sing.

Throughout the day, the shepherd would call the sheep so he could trim their wool and they wouldn’t feel too hot. Later, he would use the wool to make hats, sweaters, and socks for the winter.

Sometimes, when the day was too hot and the sun too bright, the sheep would rest under the shadow of a huge tree—they would rest there and let the breeze lull them to sleep, and they would rest knowing that the shepherd was taking care of them.

After their nap, the sheep would play some more, and sing some more, and eat some more, and drink some more. Then, in the afternoon, the shepherd would call them again. “Let’s go back home!” he would say, and the flock would follow him over the river and through the woods, over the hills and through the valley.

The sheep did not like going through the valley—it was too dark, and they feared that maybe a lion, a wolf, or a bear would be hiding there. But then they remembered that the shepherd had a big rod to chase dangerous animals away—that made them feel safer.

And so, the sheep would return home with the shepherd before it was dark, and they would lie on the grass of the farm, under the moon and the stars, and they would sleep, sleep, sleep.

They didn’t have nightmares because they were not afraid, and they were not afraid because they knew the shepherd was with them.

And it’s the same way with us! God, our Shepherd, is with us throughout the day in whatever we do and whenever we play. And He’s with us at night, while we sleep and while we dream. So we don’t have to be afraid.

Stay Connected with God’s Word

Throughout the week, read and meditate on the Bible verse(s) used in this post. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pray for God about these verses (to help you understand and obey them)
  • Talk about them with your family and friends
  • Write your thoughts about them on a journal (or on the comments section below)
  • Memorize them
  • Make up a song about them
  • Make a drawing or painting about them, or about how they make you feel
  • Find out what else the Bible has to say about the topics in the Bible verse(s) used in this post
  • Reading them in different Bible versions
  • Share them on social media
  • Respond to them in your blog or vlog
  • Follow my Bible reading plan this year.

About This Site

General Purpose

This site is an extension of my ministry to the body of Christ (the church). If you don’t have a home-church, or if you can’t physically attend a church, you can watch a message here on Sundays (included on Sunday’s post).

You can also use my posts to start your own Bible study at church or home—just follow my general lesson plan and make copies of the post (you can also just share the link).

You can also use my posts to help you meditate alone on God’s word (the Bible) and to lead family devotions.

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