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Mercy: thoughts & a song based on Psalm 23

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Update: I wrote this post over two weeks ago.  Little did I know within minutes of hitting 'publish', the mercy of God would chase me down in a very specific way. In a way I knew I desperately needed but didn't know how to ask for. The mercy of God through Jesus is real, unrelenting and good. Always.
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Psalm 23 is probably one of most well known passages in Scripture both by the believing world and secular alike. But it's also one that has brought intense comfort to the same respectively, over the ages. At first glance it makes sense why....it's a beautiful image drawn by the Psalmist David, using the metaphor of sheep and their shepherd as mankind with God. 

But what's more is that this brief passage, only six verses, contains the scope of a man's life.  Periods of dark, near-death experiences, even being disciplined and trained by the Shepherd, are sandwiched between the proclamation of…