‘The Shepherd God’ is an extended reflection on Psalm 23. The book begins with an introduction relating my own experiences before six main chapters take one part of the Psalm as a starting point. Each chapter is divided into a number of points that help us to better understand the Psalm. Finally, the book concludes with an epilogue which considers how we might find peace, worth and purpose in a busy world.

The main chapters are structured as follows:

Chapter One: The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Three aspects of a shepherd’s role that help us to understand how God is our shepherd:

  • Faithful provision of basic needs
  • A personal relationship based on trust
  • Protection at any cost.

Chapter Two: He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

Three ways in which God brings peace to the lives of his people:

  • God makes his people stop and rest
  • God takes away the need for fear
  • God gives his people genuine refreshment

Chapter Three: He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Five points for following the right path through our lives:

  • God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect
  • We need to renew our minds
  • God’s word illuminates our paths
  • We should submit to God
  • God wants us to display his character to all those around us

Chapter Four: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

Three points for understanding – and coping whilst we are in – the ‘darkest valley’:

  • Dark times are inevitable
  • We have a future hope
  • God is with us in our suffering

Chapter Five: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Three ways in which God demonstrates love for all of his people:

  • God desperately wants us to spend time with him
  • God withholds nothing from us
  • God wants us to make peace with our enemies

Chapter Six: Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Three amazing truths relating to God’s endless love for his people:

  • God’s love is unconditional
  • God’s love is eternal
  • God calls on us to build his house.

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The Shepherd God: Now Available

The Shepherd God‘The Shepherd God:Finding Peace, Worth and Purpose in a Busy World, published by Crossring, is now available to buy in both paperback and Kindle format.

Links for both editions in the US and UK Amazon stores are provided below. I hope that you enjoy reading the book and find it a useful and helpful read. If you do, please consider writing a review for Amazon.

Amazon Description:

“The sheer busyness of life in the twenty-first century can leave us feeling tired and disconnected, stressed and fed up. We can get to the point where we feel that life is just not worth living. In “The Shepherd God” Simon Lucas reflects on Psalm 23, one of the best-loved of Old Testament texts. He carefully considers the lessons that we might draw from the Psalmist’s powerful words. Alongside a challenging and thought-provoking analysis of the Psalm Simon shares his own powerful testimony of how the Shepherd God helped him to beat his own depression. This inspirational and refreshing book is ideal for both personal reflection or for group study.”

An early review:

“Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and best loved passages in the Bible. But how often do people stand back and really think about the words?

“What Simon Lucas does in this book is work through the psalm, at each point drawing out some helpful implications for us today. For example, what does it mean to say “the Lord is *my* shepherd”? It was also good to see how Psalm 23 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ – another aspect which many may gloss over.

“The book itself is set within the framework of Simon’s own experience of depression, much of the book is related to his personal experience. As such, I would particularly recommend it for people who are struggling at the moment with hard times.

“Each chapter feels like a sermon (not a criticism!), and at the end of each chapter there are some questions to think about. As such I think the book may be useful for use in home groups or the like as a discussion starter.

“Overall this is a helpful book for thinking through what Psalm 23 means for Christians today, especially Christians who are struggling.”

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