“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).
As it is in football, so it is in life. The adversary of our soul is in relentless pursuit of our demise in life and eternity. His attacks are repeated endlessly through the lust of our eyes and the bitterness, fear and anxiety of our heart. Our only sure defense is The Great Defender Of Our Soul – Jesus, our Shepherd and Warrior for our eternal salvation.
- Psalm 3:1 – “O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.” How has Satan come after you recently, and how has God delivered you?
- Psalm 3:3 – “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me.” Describe your dependence on your Shepherd for your personal protection and your revival during times of pain and persecution.
- Psalm 3:5 & 6 – “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people.” What is one way the enemy tries to defeat you? How do you enlist the power of your Shepherd to withstand the enemy’s attack?
- Psalm 3:7 – “Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek. You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.” How does this verse describe the personal confidence you’ve discovered since you originally trusted Christ. How has He protected you?
- Psalm 3:8 – “Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!” Put your appreciation for your Shepherd’s hand of protection into words.
- 1 Peter 2:24 & 25 – “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” Describe how the great Shepherd brought you back safely to the flock when you had been lured away by the enemy.
- John 13:15 – “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” From today’s scripture, how does THE Shepherd inspire you to shepherd your flock.
“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head” (Psalm 3:3).
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication