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A CONFIDENT ASSURANCE IN DEATH

A CONFIDENT ASSURANCE IN DEATH

March 18, 2018

Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; yourrod and your staff, they comfort me. 
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; youanoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Philippians 1:18b-26

Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 
20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 
22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 
23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 
24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 
25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 
26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.