(comp. 3. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. 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). In the presence of mine enemies — Who seeing, envying, and fretting at it, are not able to hinder it. 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. Man is a combatant; he has a fight to maintain, a work to do; and he shall have seasons to rest from his exhaustion. In Bunyan's glorious dream the valley is placed midway in Christian's pilgrimage—the image of fierce spiritual conflict (Psalms 18:5). Not mental inactivity. 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. We are not made to live alone. His mission on earth was emphatically for this. Virtually every Scripture has a matching study note with detailed information, explanation, and helpful insight. Cup, in the sense of portion, has already occurred (Psalm 11:6; Psalm 16:5). 7. 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. 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. The closing verse shows that the blessings mentioned are spiritual. She grasps his hand; he holds hers; his feet stand on a gravestone, beneath which lie the remains of the fallen; but where the Shepherd sets his feet, the tombstone is luminous with the words, "Death is swallowed up in victory!" 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. The same trials are not appointed for all God's children. No sense of the glory of life without it. & l. 10. v. 450. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. 3. That he is Lord of all is our safety, glory, joy. John 7:37-39). We’re on a mission to change that. What God had been to him in the past, he would continue to be in the future. (Psalms 23:5, "Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.") https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/NKJB/macarthur_study_bible.htm (Psalms 23:6.) Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. II. But the rest is spiritual in its kind. Then circumstances may give a special significance to our commonest mercies; difficulties are overcome, and wants are supplied, in a way that surprises us, and that leads us to confess with grateful hearts the loving-kindness of the Lord. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." He leadeth me beside the still waters; rather, waters of refreshment; ἐπὶ ὓδατος ἀναπαύσεως (LXX.). IV. Psalm 23:5. This is רויה, a fulness satiating even to excess. The few verses which compose this psalm would leave but a small blank on the page, if blotted out; but suppose all translations which have been made of them into all languages, all references to them in literature, all remembrance of them in human hearts, could be effaced, who can measure the blank, the void, the loss? HE RENEWS THE EXHAUSTED STRENGTH OF MAN. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). l. 13. c. Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has now released the fully redesigned and updated second edition of The MacArthur Study Bible […] III. Featuring the word-for-word accuracy of the New King James Version, The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. The expression indicates abundance. IV. The riches of God's love and life are the provisions on which we feed, and on which souls can grow and thrive; and these supplies are ministered to the soul through the invisible channels of God's grace, even while enemies prowl around. "Goodness and mercy" mark every feature of the Divine treatment, and they will, to life's end. To whatever God has made he stands in the relation of Maker. To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. SORROW AND JOY. 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 dark valley is behind, and the power of God before. Now he rises higher into the rich fulness of joy he receives, and the good things of God's house. 4.8 out of 5 stars 127. He’s dismissing the suffering of his community based on his theology of eternal conscious torment. 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). I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. The anointing oil is the token of the right royal welcome which the Host delights to give! 3. The psalmist looks forward, without a moment's fear of the Shepherd ever leaving him (1 Peter 5:6). ", 8. We crave fellowship. & l. 8. v. 454. Which are also "paths of pleasantness and peace" (Proverbs 3:17). "For ever" looking onwards, perhaps, dimly, to the life beyond, which was not so clear to him as it is to us.—S. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. 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. The apostle speaks of him as "the Shepherd and Bishop of … souls.". But the general tendency is to view death as dark and evil, and to fear it on those accounts. In the presence of mine enemies.âWe must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite. It would be well if some Christians thought more of rest in Christ; their work would be richer in quality even if less in quantity. It is the echo of the shepherd-life among the hills of Judah. Over 2 million readers around the world have had their spiritual lives enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded by The MacArthur Study Bible.Drawing on more than fifty years of dedicated pastoral and scholarly work, Dr. John MacArthur’s verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles display an unparalleled commitment to interpretive precision—with the goal … Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work of more than 35 years to create the most comprehensive study Bible available. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:13). The presence of God is life's exceeding joy. God is seen as the Shepherd of his people—the nation and Church of Israel. Suppose the gospel not true, it does not follow there is nothing beyond death. 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. Some have tried to defend MacArthur by saying his decision is a Romans 14 matter of conscience. And God's gracious arrangements are planned with a view to this. He who has God, the Possessor of all things, has everything. GOD'S SHEPHERD-CARE DISCLOSED IN REVELATION. In the time of our joy it has been the vehicle of our gladness, and in days of darkness it has brought us comfort. When the Lord's day comes round, what multitudes come together, and there is bread enough and to spare for them all! How graciously does God provide for our needs! There is not only preparation of the table, but of the guests. 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! David reverts to the thought of the tranquil, happy, joyous time which God has vouchsafed to grant him. For all outward and inward want. The LXX. in the presence of my enemies; they seeing and envying the outward prosperity of the saints, whenever they enjoy it, and their liberty of worshipping God, hearing his word, and attending on his ordinances, none making them afraid; as they will see, and envy, and be distressed at a more glorious state of the church yet to come, Revelation 11:12; and even, as it should seem from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the glory and happiness of the saints in the other world will be seen, or by some way or other known, by wicked men; which will be an affliction to them, and an aggravation of their misery; though here it seems chiefly to regard the present life. He and I will never part company" (see Psalms 61:4; Psalms 48:14; Psalms 73:24-26). So any eye can see goodness and mercy in health, wealth, prosperity, joy; but in sickness, poverty, bereavement, private or public calamity, we are ready to ask Gideon's question ( 6:13). l. 3. v. 466. 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. III. "The Lord is my Shepherd." But more is promised. They conduct their business and enjoy their pleasures "without God" (Isaiah 5:8-12). 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. A voice from heaven might declare, "The Lord is a Shepherd," or as promise, "The Lord is your Shepherd;" but only the voice of a brother man, weak and needy as ourselves, can speak this word, the key-note of the whole psalm, "my Shepherd." Restoration. Here we see his wise forethought. 7. It comes not at the beginning, but near the end of the Christian's course. "The Lord is my Shepherd," etc. I will fear no evil, he says. 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. The good Shepherd says, "I will give you rest." We learnt it at our mother's knee, and we have cherished it fondly ever since. CONCLUSION. Message originally recorded on September 30, 2018. 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." So it is of the soul. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. 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. FULFILMENT OF LIFE'S GREAT HOPES. Observe, the warrant is not in yourself, but in your Saviour; not, "I am one of Christ's flock," but, "He is my Shepherd." 2. The points of detail are set forth in this psalm with exquisite tenderness and beauty, £. 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. We can think of them with pity, and forgive them; we can even pray for them, that they may be converted into friends, and, should they continue alienated and hostile, we can face them without fear, because "greater is he that is with us, than all they that are against us." 1. The entire collection of Psalms is entitled “Praises” in the Hebrew text. 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. (1 Peter 5:3.) A child can see that a cricket-ball is a globe; but it needed much philosophy to convince men that this great world, which to ordinary vision is fiat, is a globe too. Above all, in the hour and moment of death he has passed through it; he has "the keys;" he alone can be with us. "Still waters;" literally, "waters of rest," or refreshment. The Lord is my Shepherd. This cannot mean the earthly tabernacle. This may either mean renewing the strength when worn down, or bringing back after wandering. His enemies must look quietly on (נגד as in Psalm 31:20), without being able to do anything, and see how Jahve provides bountifully for His guest, anoints him with sweet perfumes as at a joyous and magnificent banquet (Psalm 92:11), and fills his cup to excess. This relation is manifested in Jesus Christ. II. 6. v. 74. He is all, and in all. We have presented to us—Four aspects of the Shepherd-care of God. The "green pastures" may give place to the dark valley. Till then they are homeless wanderers, perpetually in danger of stumbling "over the dark mountains. "He maketh me," etc. And I will dwell. DIVINE GOODNESS, COMPASSION, TENDER AND WATCHFUL CARE. THE SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS CELEBRATED IN SONG. All who submit to God's guidance may claim him for their Shepherd. We may set it forth under the following heads: 1. “The book of Psalms” in the NT: Luke 20:42; Acts 1:20). (Psalms 23:2, Psalms 23:3.) "Surely goodness," etc. 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. First we may apply this saying to our daily bread. Daily devotional with John Piper. The enjoyment of it arises from and depends on labouring for it and the moderate use of it. It includes all kinds of intercourse with God—worship, communion, sonship, obedience, guidance, so as to fill the whole life of thought and feeling and action. God is related to men as their Shepherd. But the Divine Shepherd is with him: this forbids fear. "My Shepherd" (see John 10:11, John 10:27, John 10:28). Think also how much there is in this blessed book to refresh and bless our souls!—a "feast of fat things." Yea, each of us may say, "He is mine.". Christ is the good Shepherd, and cares for his sheep. Death. A feast or banquet is spread for us by a royal Host. We must dismiss all such associations if we would understand either the poetry or the parables of Scripture. (Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2). If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. Some have thought there is an allusion to princes, who, having conquered others, eat and feast at a well spread table in the presence of the conquered, and they being under it; see Judges 1:7; thou anointest my head with oil; giving him an abundance of good things, not only for necessity, but for pleasure and delight; especially pouring out largely upon him the oil of gladness, the Spirit of God and his graces, the anointing which teaches all things, and filling him with spiritual joy and comfort; for this refers not to the anointing of David with material oil for the kingdom, by Samuel, while Saul was living, or by the men of Judah, and afterwards by all the tribes of Israel, when Saul was dead. THAT THERE IS AN ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR EVERY WANT. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. They touch, inspire, comfort us. Bibliography InformationExell, Joseph S; Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice. Yea, we are entertained as guests st the Father's board. 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