The Paths of the Righteous are Supported Paths (4 of 5) by Ken Trivette

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The Paths of the Righteous are Supported Paths (4 of 5)
Series: The Paths of the Righteous
Ken Trivette
Psalm 17:1-5

Outline:
1. The God Who Sees Us
a) Who We Are
b) Where We Are
2. The God Who Supports Us
a) Slippery Paths
b) Supported Paths
3. The God Who Saves Us
a) Trust in His Mercy
b) Trust in His Might

1. In July, 2011, three college students were swept over the 317 foot Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. They apparently ignored the warning signs of slippery conditions and the urging of several witnesses. They waded across the Merced River to have their photo taken on a rock in the middle of the river. One hiker slipped and fell and was dragged toward the falls by the current. The other two hikers were swept away trying to help her. The bodies of the three were not found until weeks after the accident.

2. Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the Yosemite National Park, said that several witnesses urged them to get out of the water. He said, "They basically ignored their warnings. They did not comply with people telling them it was dangerous."

3. The Psalmist prayed, "Hold up my going in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not" (Psa. 17:5). We live in a world where is easy to slip and the consequences are often severe and tragic. As we have seen, the paths of the righteous are blessed paths. However, the paths of the righteous are not without dangers. Therefore, the righteous need divine help and support.

4. We have been considering for a few studies the Paths of the Righteous. We have seen that the paths of the righteous are directed and learned paths. In this study I want to consider how they are also supported paths.

5. In Psalm 17 we see David in prayer. The Psalm is actually one of five psalms that are identified as "prayers" (Psa. 17, 86, 90, 102, 142). Charles Spurgeon, in his The Treasury of David writes: "David would not have been a man after God's own heart, if he had not been a man of prayer. He was a master in the sacre ...


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