This past Sunday we started a new series going through Psalm 23 verse by verse. Although Psalm 23 only has 6 verses, there is a wealth of wisdom to be mined from it. We want you give you the tools to explore the Psalm further so we are sharing some of the resources we are going to be using (besides the Bible of course) during this series in case you want to explore the Psalm further. These are books, videos and sermon series that are helping us shape the content of this series. Check them out and reach out to us if you have any questions.
1. Psalm 23 Sermon Series by Bloom Church.
I listened to this sermon series years ago and God used it to encourage me at a time I needed it the most. A lot of the main ideas for our series were inspired by the content here. Plus, Andrew Arndt, who was the pastor at Bloom at the time is one of my favorite preachers.
2. Life Without Lack by Dallas Willard
This is a posthumous work by Dallas Willard, the famous Christian philosopher, based on a series of talks he gave years ago about Psalm 23. The book doesn’t break down the Psalm as much as it provides the theological context to understand how the claims of Psalm 23 can be true.
3. The Message of the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann
This is a commentary of the book of Psalms by one of the leading OT scholars in the world.
4. Walking with God in the Desert by Ray Vander Laan
Ray Vander Laan is a historian that did these fascinating tour/documentary/teachings about the Hebrew background of the Scriptures. His series walking with God in the desert in particular illuminates so much of what it looks like to be God’s sheep, pay attention specifically to his teaching on what the line about “green pastures” really means.
5. The Liturgy of Abundance and the Myth of Scarcity
While this article does not quote Psalm 23 directly, much of the second half of this past Sunday’s sermon was based on Walter Brueggemann’s perspective of abundance/scarcity in the Scriptures, it is definitely worth a read,
We hope these resources are helpful and that you gain a deeper understanding of the truths of Psalm 23 and its implications for our lives.