Read Psalm 55:5-8
- Make prayer a constant practice.
- We need to draw on past experiences.
Verse 19,“even He that abideth of old.” as long as God is on the Throne.
Notice the rare “Selah” in the middle of the verse. If God delivered once He will deliver again.
3. Cast your burden upon The Lord. Verse 22.
Cast: shalak (shaw-lak); to throw out, down or away.
Burden: yehab (ye-hawb’); what is given (by Providence).
There are three ways to respond to our burdens:
- Run from them.
Leads to misery. There are miserable Christians everywhere.
- Wilt under the pressure of them. We need to fly above our circumstances.
Like an eagle. The eagle can fly directly into the sun without blinding him.
Solomon marveled at “the way of an eagle in the air” in Proverbs 30:19. An eagle can stay aloft for hours, rarely moving his wings and riding wind currents.
- Cast it back upon The Lord.
If you were hurt, abused, neglected, etc. I understand, but put it in a package or baggage to God.
It never pays to run from trouble.
Read Psalm 55:5-8.
ABSALOM tried to flee from the forest on a mule, but his head caught in the thick boughs of a terebinth tree. Joab, the captain of David’s army, then killed Absalom in spite of David’s request that he not be harmed. Upon hearing the news of his death, David moaned, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” These are some of the saddest words in the Bible.
Absalom had many talents and abilities. But he was also spoiled, impatient, and overly ambitious. These, along with his vanity and pride, led to his tragic death. His body was cast into a pit, over which a great heap of stones was piled as a sign of contempt in 2 Samuel 18:17.
What did David do when trouble came, what should we do?
- Make prayer a constant practice.
Verse 16, “As for me, I will call upon God; and The Lord shall save me.”
Prayer is a discipline of time.
“ humility & will.
Think of it this way: I need what God has for me.
Verse 17, We need more than once a day praying.David was a worshipper and got deliverance.We had better cultivate prayer to stand when trouble comes.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!
Psalm 55, verses 5-8 text.
Comment on verses, and review David.
I. TROUBLE REMINDS US WE NEED CHRIST.
God is teaching us to comfort other people. 2 Corinthians 1:3-6.
We suffer to be a channel for God.
II. TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S DELIVERENCE.
God has no desire but to be God. Let Him!
In verses 1-5, David is saying, “Lord, I am grumbling.”
Verses 12-15, Is the messenger of Ahisophel .
Think of it: David had problems with Shimei and Absalom:
SHIMEI: A son of Gera of Saul’s family and the tribe of Benjamin in 2 Samuel 16:5-13; 1 Kings 2:8. Shimei grew bitter because David had taken the throne from the family of Saul. He insulted David when the king was fleeing from his own son, Absalom. When David finally won the struggle for the throne, Shimei repented. David accepted Shimei’s apology and promised to let him live. After David’s death, Solomon, would not allow Shimei to go beyond Jerusalem’s walls. Shimei obeyed Solomon’s command at first, but eventually he left the city and was promptly executed at Solomon’s command.
I. JESUS LOVED IN TRUTH, II. JESUS LOVED IN GRACE.
When is the last time you were gracious, kind parents? You don’t want a Pastor who is not truthful, kind or gracious.
III. HE LOVED THEM IN FORGIVENESS.
Most Christians today have a score card. But you say, preacher they hurt me and did me wrong. That’s right, there would not be anything to forgive if not. Forgive means to forget and throw the scorecard away.
They conspired to kill Jesus, but He forgave them. He forgave without asking. We say, “if he comes and asks me to forgive I might.”
IV. HE LOVED THEM IN SERVICE.
Can you imagine the Son of God coming to serve you and me? Think of this: Servant hood is the real test of greatness. Our job is to serve even while leading others. Am I looking to serve or to be served.
That’s America this morning, “you owe me you serve me.” What did Jesus do? He washed their feet – humbled Himself. Think of this: if you get all the praise here you’ll get nothing there.
Ask yourself, how good of a servant am I? Let’s say together, “it is an honor to serve you.
V. HE ALSO LOVED THEM IN BEARING THEIR BURDENS.
There is no way to love without involvement under their burdens. We hear and walk away. When you love you bear Matthew 11:28-30.
Love and bearing burdens go together. Whose burdens are you bearing?
Jesus commanded them and us to love as “I have loved you.” How is your love today? It starts with Jesus.