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The Lord Is With You In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death (5 of 6)
Series: The Lord Is With You
INTRO: A Pastor had a silk threaded bookmark that on one side had a motto that was clearly readable. The back side of the bookmark however looked like a mess ... a bunch of jumbled up threads that crisscrossed with no apparent design. This Pastor used it when he did visitations on Christians who were undergoing trials that didn't seem to make sense. He would first show them the back side of the bookmarker and ask what they saw ... their response was always the same, "nothing except a bunch of tangled silk threads." Then he would turn it around and let them see the design that after all did exist, and the motto that read, "GOD IS LOVE." That side made sense; it had definite order to it. He would then explain that this is often the way we see life, we see it from the backside, a tangled hodgepodge of threads that don't seem to have any design, yet when viewed from God's position it makes perfect sense, even the more painful and unpleasant moments help create the overall design that read: "GOD IS LOVE!" This is getting the clearer and bigger picture!
David in writing this most famous of Psalms does this ... he weaves a picture of God as Shepherd, and we as His sheep ... and the overview of our entire life; even the most unpleasant part of life we call death!
It is here that we learn that the LORD "IS WITH US EVEN IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH ... we need not fear any EVIL!"
PROP. SENT: While life contains good times it also holds trips through the "valley of the shadow of death!" While it is easy to sense God's presence during the good times it's also important to know that God is present "in the valley of the shadow of death!"
I. LIFE'S DIRECTIONS Psalm 23:1-3
A. No Negligence! Psalm 23:1
1. Notice how carefully David refers to God in this passage, as he writes about "the BIG PICTURE."
a. God is not r ...
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