Getting Your Hurts Under Control (5 of 6) by Stan Coffey

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Getting Your Hurts Under Control (5 of 6)
Series: Getting Your Life Under Control
Stan Coffey
Psalm 23:5

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

I know that many times, we've read this passage, maybe at a funeral or even at a wedding or at some special occasion, as a part of the 23rd Psalm. But, we've never really stopped to think about what it means, if the Lord prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies.

Number one, it means that we have enemies. King David knew what it was to have enemies. He had people who were after him. He had people who tried to destroy him. He had people who gossiped and lied and criticized. He had death in the family. He had a dysfunctional home. He had children who were disobedient. He had all kinds of problems and hurts.

David said, ''Lord, in the presence of all of these hurts, in the presence of every thing that's pressing in on me, everything that's coming down on me, you prepare a table before me in the presence of all theses things. You anoint my head with oil and you cause my cup to overflow.''

I'm excited this morning to tell you what that really means for you life and mine in 2008, because we live in an imperfect world. It's an imperfect world and because of that you are going to be hurt. You are going to be hurt by some people intentionally and by some, unintentionally.

You are going to be hurt by illness. You are going to be hurt by death that will come and reach into your family and take a loved one as it has many times in the life of our church.

Some of the greatest hurts that you'll ever experience are the hurts in your relationships, the times that you've been hurt by a parent or you've been hurt by a brother or sister in your home, or you've been hurt by a husband or a wife.

Maybe you've been hurt where you work. Some of you have deep hurts and wounds that you've carried with ...


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