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Two Psalms. One God of All.



King David wrote Psalm 23 – a beloved psalm packed with promises. He also wrote Psalm 13 – a not nearly so well-known psalm ringing with despair. This morning, I juxtaposed the two psalms and was struck by their stark contrast and yet the singular accord of their resolution. Today, be comforted: the Lord is the same whether you are singing for joy or wailing with grief. Trust him.


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The Lord is my shepherd,

I shall not want.


How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?

How long will You hide Your face from me?


He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.


How long shall I take counsel in my soul,

Having sorrow in my heart all the day?


He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake.


How long will my enemy be exalted over me?


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.


Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;

enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death.


You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.


And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

and my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.


You have anointed my head with oil;

My cup overflows.


But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness.


Surely goodness and lovingkindness

Will follow me all the days of my life.


My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.


And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


I will sing to the Lord,

because He has dealt bountifully with me.


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