Suffering and Security

Sermon Text:  Psalm 23

Life seems to contradict the 23rd Psalm. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. . . . Yea, though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil,” it says. Jonathan was a soldier from Orange Park. He told his mother not to worry when he left for Iraq. “God is my rear guard, and Psalm 23 [is my] heartsong,” he told her. But he died in an ambush in southern Iraq. He was her only child. John Claypool was a Baptist minister. His 8 year old daughter Laura Lue was diagnosed with acute leukemia and died 18 months later. How do we understand the promises of Psalm 23 in the light – or maybe I should say, in the darkness – of tragedies like these? ...Read full sermon here (PDF)