Down The Road Psalm 23 : 1-3 …… 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. How many times have we read these verses in our times of trouble - in our times of dismay – in our times of need – and in our times of discouragement ? If we did not have the Psalms to comfort us and draw us closer to God , I wonder where we would be . Consider how and why the psalms were written . David went through a multitude of trials and in the midst of all his trials he wrote the psalms so that when we are going though our trials we can turn to the psalms for comfort . David throughout his life’s journey was cheated on and also was a fugitive for many years with no body but God to cry out to . God desires the same for us as well - not to run to psychiatrists , psychologists , councilors, friends; but to run to Him first and foremost . I am not saying these people are not helpful , only that we put God first and He will direct our paths to these other helps . If we remember the psalms were written specifically by people who were greatly suffering , that in itself will bring understanding and hope to our situations . David’s relationship with God became the basis for him writing the psalms . However , when people go through prolonged periods of trials , it can either turn them from God or draw them closer to God . We must ultimately make that decision . We do not know the reasons for all our suffering but we do know we have a God who draws close to us as we praise and honour Him in the midst of our storm . When we embrace God instead of medication “ down the road”: it will be worth it all The upside to our trials is , God wants us to minister to others who are going through the same things as us . We might be that ray of hope , flowing into others lives to help them to know that Jesus really cares about them . God prepares us when we are having rough times because it is actually preparing us to help friends “ down the road” who need serious ministry . These are people who need a hug and prayers and understanding , letting them know that you have been there and that you really do understand.