Living the Good Life (8 of 11) by Jerry Branch

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Living the Good Life (8 of 11)
Series: Becoming all God wants you to be
Gerald Branch
Psalm 23:5

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." Psalm 23:5

I am going to just jump right in here on verse 5 this morning.

David had been through the hurting times...
Saul was trying to kill him;
his brothers thought him to be a just a little kid;
friends were few and the best one he had, Jonathan,
Saul's son couldn't talk to David except on rare occasions;
and David was a hunted man...but you know something?
David had learned something most of us would do well to learn as well...
David learned to follow God's commands
and let God take care of his problems.
We can learn a lot from God's Word when it comes to dealing with our hurts.
We all have hurts and problems because this isn't heaven.
Bad things happen to good people and bad people alike...
we will not go through life without getting hurt in one way or another.
Unfortunately, the worst hurts usually come from people we're close to.
Other people do in fact hurt us...
sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally...
But the real problem that affects us more than anything else,
is HOW do we respond when we get hurt...what do we do?

Do we get mad? Do we seek our own vengeance?
Or do we try to run and hide?
If we respond in the wrong way, our hurts work to harden us,
and they make us bitter and vengeful.
On the other hand, if we deal with our hurts God's way,
we live the good life, and the devil loses an opportunity to steal our joy.
God's Word through shows us HOW to deal with our problems and hurts
so that we come out on top...
or put another way,
so that we live in victory even when things don't look so good.

Let's take Ps. 23:5 apart.
David uses the image of a banquet picture...
he says, "You" prepare a table...
and David gives us symbols that illustra ...

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