When The Road Gets Rough (3 of 5) by Jim Henry

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(Companion In Trouble)
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
Psalm 23:4
Sunday, 08/20/00, 9:15 a.m. Service

I read some amazing statistics recently: One
year 6,000 people were killed crossing the street and
165,000 people were injured just crossing the street.
It happened to me when I was a child crossing the
street and I was hit by a car. Now, I know some of you
are going to say, "I knew something was wrong with
him!!" But don't go there, I just wanted to give you a
little historical information, as I was a statistic
one of those years I felt I could speak from
experience. Thankfully the Lord blocked it out of my

All of us, in life, have to cross the roads of
life. There are always bumps and pain in that road of
life. Surely when David wrote this Psalm a part of it
was talking about those pathways, those roads, those
valleys that give us pain and trouble.

This morning I want us to look at all of that
Psalm which we have come to so far, so let us read it
together: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be In
want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads
me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides
me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death I will fear no evil for you are with me, your
rod and your staff they comfort me.

Let us pray. Father, we thank You for this
powerful psalm and we thank You for those words of
assurance that come to us today, that on those roads
of life where injury happens to us and troubles come,
that your rod and staff comfort us and you walk with
us through the valleys. I pray that in these minutes
this morning that those who are listening to me who
have been hit hard by life in some way or other, who
walk in a valley--and there are probably hundreds of
them here this morning--I pray there will be a
refreshing reassurance of who You are to walk with ...

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