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GOING THROUGH THE VALLEY (6 of 10)
How To Face The Days That Are Ahead (Psalm 23)
I. THE LORD'S PATH THROUGH THE VALLEY!
(A) Difficult To Encounter
(B) Depressing To Experience
II. THE LORD'S PURPOSE FOR THE VALLEY!
(A) Our Advancement By The Valley
(B) Our Acceptance Of The Valley
III. THE LORD'S PRESENCE IN THE VALLEY!
(A) How Certain His Presence
(B) How Close His Presence
(C) How Calming His Presence
1) Over the past weeks we have watched as the
shepherd, day after day in the early morning hours,
would lead his sheep out from the sheepfold. We have
watched as he led his sheep down paths that led to
green pastures where his sheep found the young tender
grass to feed upon. In the afternoon we have watched
him as he led the sheep to some cool, shady spot to
drink from the still waters. In the afternoon we have
watched as he led his sheep down the right paths that
led back to the sheepfold for the night.
2) As we come to chapter four (verse 4) in the story
of the sheep's daily journey, we find the shepherd, as
every morning before, leading his sheep out. However,
this day will not be as the other days. They will not
be going through the daily routine of their life. When
the evening comes, the shepherd will not be leading
his flock back to the home-place and their normal
sheepfold. Springtime grazing and the coming of the
summer heat have left the pastures bare; therefore he
must seek new fields in which his sheep can graze.
Today, the shepherd turns in the direction of the high
country. It will be several weeks, maybe months before
the sheep return to their home. This is going to be a
stressful day and journey for the sheep, for you see,
in order to reach the high country, they must pass
through the valley of the Shadow of Death.
3) Undoubtedly, Psalm 23:4 is the most familiar verse
in all the Bible. F.B. Meyer said, "In all scripture
there is no verse mo ...
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