Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd

In Psalm 23, we learn not only about God’s nature, but also about His leadership. Both the Old and New Testaments use the term “shepherd” to illustrate leadership. The word communicates the love, nurture, and spiritual care a godly leader provides. It involves both the rod (correction) and staff (direction). Psalm 23 describes the Ultimate Shepherd performing several functions.

The Shepherd:

Provides necessities
Gives rest
Confidently leads
Renews and restores
Guides and directs
Protects from harm
Feeds and anoints
Loves unconditionally
Furnishes permanent shelter

Discussion Starters

1. Read Psalm 23 from several different translations. How are they alike; how do they differ?

2. How do you see yourself as a sheep under Jesus’ care?

3. In your leadership role in the BCBP, compare your style of leadership to that of Jesus.

4. With Psalm 23 as your guide, how can you improve and strengthen your leadership skills?

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