“From Discouragement and Depression to Delight and Direction!”

Read Psalm 73

Meditate on verses 1-17 and give it some thought as to what it means to you.

Psalms 73 and 37 are much alike in that both cover concern over prosperity of the wicked, etc. We need in this world of wealth and materialism to count our many blessings. How can we learn from this psalmist (believed to be Asaph), and what did he learn? He learned several important lessons:

I. LOOKING AROUND BRINGS DISCOURAGEMENT VERSES. 1-3.

Confucius said, “A man who does what he likes will never have to work a day in his life.”

Discouragement: Depression of one’s spirit. Some of the causes of:

A. DISPLEASURE

Look at Moses when he was displeased and discouraged in Numbers 11:10-15.

B. DEFEAT

Look at Joshua 7:7-9 after the loss of Ai.

C. DOWNHEARTEDNESS

Look at Elijah under the Juniper tree 1 Kings 19:4.

D. DISSALUSIONMENT

Look at the wise preacher Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:23-29.

Now, let us look at some of the remedies for:

  1. THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD.

God said to Elijah, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”1 Kings 19:9-18.

Elijah fled to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God where He met with Moses.

   2. PROPER CASTING.

“Cast thy burden upon The Lord, for He careth for you.” Psalm 55:22.

   3. POINTED PRAYER.

Mark 6:31, “Come ye apart..and rest awhile.” Jesus often went alone to pray and rest.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

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