Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (5/7)

Psalms 23:4
Even though I walk
through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

Devotional

Psalms 23:1-6
¹The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
²He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
³He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
⁴Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
⁵You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
⁶Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Jesus says, “I am the resurrection, and the life.”

In a sermon on immortality, I heard a clergyman tell the following story:
A father took his young son for a walk in the fields.
The morning was beautiful. They set out with great joy.
As they were crossing a bridge, the lad said, “Father, I’m afraid to cross the bridge.” The father took his son’s hand and said, “Son, you have your father, and the bridge is safe.”
They walked far into the green fields and enjoyed the beauty about them.
As they turned homeward, the lad said again, “I’m afraid to cross the bridge.”
Again the father assured the boy there was no need to fear.
Still the boy was afraid. So the father took him up in his arms.
Soon the lad was asleep. When he awoke, he said again to his father, “I’m afraid to cross the bridge.” Then the father said, “My son, we have crossed the bridge and are now safe at home.”

Prayer suggestions

▪︎ Ask your heavenly Father to take all fear from your life.
▪︎ Ask your heavenly Father to put within your heart the abiding presence of His Holy Spirit.
▪︎ Ask your heavenly Father to surround you with His holy arms and grant you His abiding peace.

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