Book Review: Trusting the Shepherd: Insights from Psalm 23 by Haddon W. Robinson

Comfort and Guidance from a Wise Bible Teacher

Dr. Haddon W. Robinson is a veteran preacher, teacher of preachers, Seminary President, and one of the most sought after Bible teachers in the USA. In this short little book Robinson breaks down the most famous chapter in the Bible verse by verse giving cultural background and bridging the gap between the original meaning and the Psalms meaning for us today.

I find that for myself and most Christians I know – the battles with stress, worry, anxiety, and fear are huge. Even though we know we are supposed to trust in the Lord and walk by faith and not by sight, we struggle with trusting in a Sovereign and good God.

Robinson writes, “Someone has observed that every major portion of Scripture was written by someone having a hard time to men and women having a hard time or about to have a hard time.” Keeping this in mind throughout the chapters of this book Dr. Robinson applies the Twenty-third Psalm to many of the common human struggles we all face and shows how the Good Shepherd is worthy of our complete trust.

One of the most beneficial words of wisdom that helped me in the reading of this book was this: “God’s guidance has to do with what we are, not where we are. If we are what God wants us to be, He will have no trouble placing us where He wants us to be. We do not have to be plagued by decisions if we stay close to the Shepherd. He leads us in the right paths and they are paths of righteousness.”

I think this book is well worth reading because it will give you new insights, encourage you to trust in the Lord, and it will help you continue to become more like the Chief Shepherd – Our Lord Jesus Christ. It would be a perfect gift for people going through BIG trials like sickness, being out of work, facing death, etc. – it is a reminder of how we are like sheep who need the guidance, provision, and protection of an all-loving, all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful, and perfect Shepherd.

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 27 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and six grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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