by Jerry Branch

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Living the Good Life (11 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

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 have hurts and problems because this isn't heaven.
We live in a very 'not so perfect' world, and because of that, 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? Do we try to run and hide?
If we respond in the wrong way, our hurts work to harden us, and make us bitter and vengeful. On the other hand, if we deal with our hurts God's way, they will help us to grow stronger in our faith and trust.

But we have this problem...Our problem is that our natural tendency is to respond to our hurts in usually the wrong way.
God's Word through shows us HOW to deal with our problems and hurts so that we come out on 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...You prepare a table...
and he gives us symbols th ...

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