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Aycock The Nightingale of the Psalms is a single chapter work on Psalm 23, the Shepherd Song.
The Nightingale of the Psalms
by Jarrette E. Aycock
of the 23rd Psalm
Contents Aycock The Nightingale of the Psalms
Foreword | The Nightingale Of The Psalms | I Shall Not Want | Rest | Refreshments | Forgiveness | Guidance | Courage | Comfort | Sustenance | Joy | In This Life | In The Life To Come | I Shall Not Want | Rest | Forgiveness | Guidance | Courage | Comfort | Sustenance | Joy | In This Life | The Life To Come
THE NIGHTINGALE OF THE PSALMS
Some one has called this Psalm, “The Nightingale of the Bible.” Some have called it, “The Little Bible.” Others call it “The Christian’s Check Book.” All of these are good, but to us it seems the first expresses it best, for they say the Nightingale is the sweetest singer of all birds, and surely this Psalm is the sweetest of all Psalms. Perhaps there is no more familiar chapter in the Bible or one from which saints have drawn more encouragement. It does not seem so long, only six verses, but when we try to fathom it we find its depth is unsearchable and its promises are everlasting; and I dare say there are not another six verses in the Bible around which cluster so many precious promises, and it is these promises which we wish to bring to your heart and mind.
“I SHALL NOT WANT”
A little girl in trying to quote the first verse said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, that is all I want;” and how true that is, — all we want, all we need, and far more than we can ever make use of. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want,” for “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.” “For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before you ask Him.” And “The Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” And Jesus tells us, “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” “Ask and ye shall receive; seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you, for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Therefore, the Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
I shall not want for rest; for, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;” and says Jesus in Mat. 11:28-29, and 30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” In Hebrews, the fourth chapter, we read, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.” And again, “There remaineth a rest to the people of God.” Job tells us of a place “where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.” I shall not want for rest for he maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
I shall not want for refreshments for “He leadeth me beside the still waters;” and in Isa. 55:1 we read, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” I don’t know what that invitation means to you, but it means much to me.
The night I went into the little mission where Jesus saved me, if they had come to me and said, “Young man, if you will give us $15. 00 you can be saved,” I would have gone away in sin, for I didn’t have that much money; if they had said give us a mortgage on your home or property, I would have gone out without Christ for I had no home and owned nothing that I could have given a lien upon, and even if they had said, “Get some one to go your security,” I would have had to go away unsaved and might have been lost now, for I don’t know of any one who would have stood good for me. I didn’t hear that, but I willtell you what I did hear; I heard him saying, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,” and that sounded mighty good to me, and, “He that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat;” and that just fitted my case. “Yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” And again, I heard from Rev. 22:17, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come.” And then he capped the climax and I knew that he took me in when he said, “And whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life freely.”
Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” And in Revelation we read, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” I shall not want for refreshments for He leadeth me beside the still waters.
Jarrette Aycock was an evangelist with the Nazarene Church. He served several decades in the field of evangelism throughout the United States and Canada. He was superintendent of the Nazarene Church's Kansas City District for ten years. Dr. Aycock believed very strongly in our utter dependence upon the Holy Spirit. He warned against allowing methods of worship to become mechanical and stereotyped.
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Aycock The Nightingale of the Psalms is a single chapter work on Psalm 23, the Shepherd Song, looking at God's care for us. Nazarene Author
|Date:||June 8, 2021|