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PAUL POINTS TO THE SOURCE OF TRUE CONTENTMENT

PAUL POINTS TO THE SOURCE OF TRUE CONTENTMENT

September 23, 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 4:10-20

God’s Provision

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 
14 Yet it was kind of youto share my trouble. 
15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 
16Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 
18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied,having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 
19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.