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How To Deal With Discouragement

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Sermon shared by Kevin L. Jones

May 2010
Summary: Discouragement is a common struggle for many, In this Psalm, King David shows us how to deal with it.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
How To Deal With Discouragement
Psalm 61:1-8

In our selected text, we see a picture of one who has immense trust in the Father even during a time of discouragement. David says in verse 2 when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

King David does not go into detail as to exactly what he is enduring but many believe that this was written when he was fleeing from his son Absalom. Could you imagine the discouragement that he faced during that period of his life. After years of separation and heartache David has been put in a place where his life was in danger from his own son and has to flee from his throne.

There are so many elements of this life that can lead to discouragement. There is no need to go over a long list of things that lead to discouragement. The fact of the matter is that if you are in a place of discouragement, you know why you are at this point. Our goal in this message is to show how we can deal with discouragement, how we can persevere.

One thing that we will find in this message is that even though the things that cause discouragement may not go away, we can still overcome these issues in our life.

I attended a revival meeting a couple of years ago. The evangelist was one of the greatest men of God I have ever met. He preached with power, authority, knowledge and Spirit. I had only planned to go one night because of the great distance but the power of God was so real I went back every night. I later learned that this man had a car wreck that left him in constant pain. he had been married for decades to the same woman. She lost the will to be a pastor’s wife and asked for a divorce. His son had tried to kill him and two of his daughters had become homosexuals. He had experienced a great deal of heartache at his last church due to some unruly deacons. Need I go on? This man had every reason to be discouraged, but he wasn’t, He pressed on and faithfully served the Lord.

Just because things don’t go the way that you planned doesn’t mean that you have to give up and quit on God.

As we read this Psalm of David we can see how to go on when we don’t think we can. We will see in these verses “How To Deal With Discouragement”

The first thing we must do is:

I. Respect The Lord’s Position v1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

David says “from the end of the earth I cry to you God”. David feels that God is a million miles away. He says when my heart is overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed – {H} (‛âṭaph - aw-taf') to shroud, that is, clothed in darkness.

David was in a difficult situation. He was facing a time of loneliness and darkness in his life. But notice that he knew where to go. He took his burdens to the Father. Remember that this is a man of great power. He was the chosen King of Israel. But he was humble enough to go to the Lord for help.

I know what it is like to feel like God is a million miles away, to feel helpless and alone, to question if God even hears our prayers. That overwhelmed feeling that David experienced is very common. We are imperfect people in an imperfect world but praise God we serve a PERFECT GOD. When we get to this place of discouragement
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