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Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

    Ellen was angry. She resented her parents' rules. "I can hardly do anything," she complained. "Rules, rules, rules!" She envied the thought of being on her own, with no one telling her what to do or not to do.

    The following week, however, Ellen noticed another girl in her tenth grade class silently crying. It was a girl that had a poor reputation -her talk, dress, and behavior were frequently very unacceptable. She appeared to be lonesome and distressed, so Ellen went to talk with her.

    During the noon hour she poured out her heart to Ellen. She had parents that showed no care or concern for her. Wherever she went, whenever she returned, whoever she went with, whatever she wore, etc., her parents could care less. She was now deeply involved in several severe problems and felt that her life and reputation were ruined. Finally, she stammered through her tears, "Ellen, I am so jealous of people like you. You have parents that really love and care for you!"

    Arrow-like, these words pierced Ellen's heart. She thought deeply about them all the way home. That evening she saw the love, care, and concern her parents had for her, as she had never seen it before. That night she confessed, "Dad, Mom, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate all you do for me - even that you care enough to set rules for my good!"

    A deep feeling of peace swept through Ellen that she had not experienced for a considerable length of time. She cried from joy and her parents wept with her.

    The thought of Christ's loving care and concern for them as their King touches the hearts of His children with deep joy at times. Why? Why is it a great privilege to have Christ as our King as One who cares for, and rules over, us?

Why do God's children love to obey and serve God? Do they perfectly love and obey God in their present lives? Why not?

How are God's laws and chastenings testimonies of His love?

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