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HEAVEN'S TABLELAND (7 of 10)
How To Face The Days That Are Ahead (Psalm 23)
I. HEAVEN'S TABLELAND IS NOT WITHOUT ITS PERILS!
A) The Certain Presence of Enemies
B) The Continual Presence of Enemies
II. HEAVEN'S TABLELAND IS NOT WITHOUT ITS PROVISIONS!
A) The Growth of the Sheep
B) The Girding of the Sheep
III. HEAVEN'S TABLELAND IS NOT WITHOUT ITS
A) The Work of the Shepherd
B) The Watchfulness of the Shepherd
1) In our last study we saw the shepherd taking his
sheep through the valley of the shadow of death. As we
thought about the shepherd leading his sheep through
this treacherous and dangerous valley, we were
reminded that our journey to the "House of the Lord"
is not without the valley experiences of life. For the
Christian, life will end in glory, but that does not
exempt us from grief during life. The paths of life
often lead us through the difficult and gloomy valley
experiences of life.
2) Yet, we saw that the reason the shepherd led his
sheep through the valley was in order to take them to
the high country. We saw that the valley was only a
passageway to the mountain. The springtime feeding and
the arrival of the summer heat leave the fields bare,
so the shepherd leads his flock through the valley
that he might take them to the cooler climate of the
high country and the tableland which would provide
green pastures for his sheep.
3) The table that David speaks of in verse 5 is not a
table such as the one we sit down to when we eat.
Obviously, the shepherd was not setting a table that
his sheep could pull a chair up to and eat. He is
talking about the rich, green pastures found in the
high country. It is what is often called a mesa or
4) Why does our Lord allow us to go through the valley
experiences of life? It is to lead us to the high
country. Or to put it another way; to lead us to
Heaven's tableland. The songwriter ...
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