Summary: Psalm 23 addresses the hurt in our lives and the hope that Christ gives.
GOD’S ANTIDOTE TO YOUR HURT
Stress busters - Part 4
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
I. WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN YOU HURT
A. DON’T IGNORE IT.
"I kept very quiet... but I became ever more upset. I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned." Ps. 39:2-3 (NCV)
B. DON’T RUN FROM IT.
"I wish I had wings like a dove. Then I’d fly away and rest. I would hurry to my place of escape..." Ps.
C. DON’T HIDE YOUR HURT.
"When I kept things to myself, I felt weak deep inside me. I moaned all day long." Ps. 32:3 (NCV)
D. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.
"To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do." Job 5:2 (GN)
E. DON’T RESENT IT.
"You are only hurting yourself with your anger." Job. 18:4 (GN)
II. WHAT GOD SAYS TO DO WHEN YOU HURT
A. LET JESUS SETTLE THE SCORE.
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies."
"Never pay back evil for evil. ... Never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it." Rom 12:17+19 (LB)
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." Mt. 5:7
B. LET JESUS SOOTHE MY WOUNDS.
"You anoint my head with oil"
"God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." Ps. 147:3 (NCV)
C. LET JESUS SATISFY MY NEEDS.
"My cup overflows"
MY CUP WILL OVERFLOW...
"God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you."
Rom 15:13 (LB)
"...May the Lord make your love to grow and overflow..." I Th. 3:12 (LB)
"Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow." Jn 16:24 (LB)