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The Psalm 23 Sandwich

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet water. He restores my soul. He makes me walk in the paths of righteousness for his nameā€™s sake . . . He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies. He anoints my head with oil. My cup runs over.  Psalm 23:2ā€“5 NKJV

the psalm 23 sandwichI once learned about the Psalm 23 sandwich.

My pastor sometimes preaches using a method he calls the “sandwich” approach. He defines this as taking the unpalatable portions of God’s Word and making them easier to digest by sandwiching them between two verses that magnify God’s faithfulness. I think he must have borrowed this method from the Holy Spirit.

In verse four of the psalm, David speaks of going through a trial. No one relishes walking through the valley of the shadow of death, so the Holy Spirit sandwiches it between verse two and five. In verse two, God takes us to a quiet place to restore our souls. Then, in verse five, David says God is with us during our walk through the valley. He nourishes us and anoints us with oil.

The Psalm 23 sandwich, although assuring us trials will come, makes it clear that God’s faithfulness and soul-restoring love accompanies every difficulty we face. By itself, a single verse can be tough to chew, but God has given us an entire book filled with encouraging condiments of promise.

How can you better enjoy feasting on God’s sandwich daily?

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Georgette Pickell

Georgette Pickell grew up in a small town in North Dakota and has been married for forty-one years. At twenty-one, she asked Jesus to be her Savior. Since then, her life has seen its difficult moments, but through it all, the Lord has been faithful. She works part time in a long-term care facility. She is surrounded by people who have served the Lord for many years. Their steadfast faith inspires her, and she prays every day for the grace to honor her Savior and increase His Lordship in her life.