by Jeff Ginn

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The Secret to Satisfaction (1 of 5)
Series: Psalm 23: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Psalm 23:1
January 12, 2003

Matthew Henry
Spurgeon, Treasury
Phillips, Exploring the Psalms


1. Today we start a series on the 23rd Psalm. Some of the topics will include:
1. All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go: How to Handle Stress
2. Get Right. Stay Right.
3. How to Deal with Death
4. Make the Rest of Your Days the Best of Your Days@

2. Today the message is The Secret to Satisfaction. This story is told by Henry Gariepy in PORTRAITS OF PERSEVERANCE, (Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1989): A rich man named Carl loved to ride his horse through his vast estate to congratulate himself on his wealth. One day on such a ride, he came on Hans, an old tenant farmer who had sat down to eat his lunch in the shade of a great oak tree. Hans' head was bowed in prayer. When Hans looked up, he said, "Oh, excuse me, Sir. I didn't see you. I was giving thanks for my food." "Hmph!" snorted the rich man, Carl. He noticed the coarse dark bread and cheese which made up the old man's lunch. "If that were all I had to eat, I don't think I would feel like giving thanks." "Oh," replied Hans, "it is quite sufficient. But it is remarkable that you should come by today, Sir. I . . . I feel I should tell you, I had a strange dream just before awakening this morning." "And what did you dream?" Carl asked with an amused smile. The old man answered, "There was beauty and peace all around, and yet I could hear a voice saying, `The richest man in the valley will die tonight.'" "Dreams!" cried Carl. "Nonsense!" He turned and galloped away. Hans prayed as he watched horse and rider disappear. Die tonight, mused Carl. It was ridiculous, of course! No use his going into a panic. The best thing to do about the old man's dream was to forget it. But he couldn't forget it. He had felt fine, at least until Hans described his stupid dream. Now he didn't feel too well. ...

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