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The Shepherd Psalm A Meditation   By: (1870-1950)

The Shepherd Psalm A Meditation by William Evans

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The word 'Lord' in small caps has been rendered as LORD to differentiate it from the word 'LORD' in regular all caps.

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The Shepherd Psalm

A Meditation

By WILLIAM EVANS, Ph.D., D.D. Bible Teacher and Author of

"The Book of Books," "How to Memorize," "Outline Study of the Bible," "How to Prepare Sermons and Gospel Addresses," "The Book Method of Bible Study," "Epochs in the Life of Christ," "Through the Bible, Book by Book," etc.

CHICAGO THE BIBLE INSTITUTE COLPORTAGE ASS'N 826 North La Salle Street

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY THE BIBLE INSTITUTE COLPORTAGE ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

FOREWORD 5

INTRODUCTION 7

CHAPTER ONE: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want" 17

CHAPTER TWO: "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters" 26

CHAPTER THREE: "He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake" 36

CHAPTER FOUR: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" 58

CHAPTER FIVE: "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over" 73

CHAPTER SIX: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever" 79

[The illustration on the cover is from an actual photograph by the Author, when he was in Palestine.]

FOREWORD

THIS production of the Shepherd Psalm is sent forth at the request of many hundreds of kind persons who have listened to the writer preach on it and who desire to see it in print, that it may be a blessing to many who cannot hear it.

It is a well known Psalm. Untold numbers of sermons have been preached on it. Books without number have been printed in attempts to set forth its life, depth, richness, and beauty. Doubtless much more will be written and spoken concerning this charming pastoral symphony and, after that, much more will remain yet to be said, so full is the inspiration of the divine Word. May God make this Psalm to the reader all that it has been yea, and more, to the writer!

WILLIAM EVANS.

INTRODUCTION

The Twenty third Psalm

The world could afford to spare many a magnificent library better than it could dispense with this little Psalm of six verses. If the verses of this Psalm had tongues and could repeat the tale of their ministry down throughout the generations of the faithful, what marvels of experience they would reveal! Their biographies would be gathered from the four winds of heaven and from the uttermost parts of the sea; from lonely chambers, from suffering sick beds, from the banks of the valley of the shadow of death, from scaffolds and fiery piles; witnessing in sunlight from moors and mountains, beneath the stars and in high places of the field. What hosts of armies of aliens it has put to flight! If by some magic or divine touch, yea, some miraculous power, the saints' experience of this Psalm could shine out between its lines, what an illumination of the text there would be!

Luther was fond of comparing this Psalm to the nightingale, which is small among the birds and of homely plumage, but with what thrilling melody it pours out its beautiful notes! Into how many dungeons filled with gloom and doubt has this little Psalm sung its message of hope and faith! Into how many hearts, bruised and broken by grief, has it brought its hymn of comfort and healing How many darkened prison cells it has lightened and cheered! Into what thousands of sick rooms has it brought its ministry of comfort and support! How many a time, in the hour of pain, has it brought sustaining faith and sung its song of eternal bliss in the valley of the shadow of death! It has charmed more griefs to rest than all the philosophies of the world... Continue reading book >>




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