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Summary: Using HOPE in our lives ❶ Seize Unbelief ❷ Admit Fear ❸ Redirect Thoughts ❹ Attitude of Praise ❺ Confident Trust ❻ Resting in His Word

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1 Sam 30:1-6

Someone has said that if you could convince a man there was no hope, he would curse the day he was born. Hope is an indispensable quality of life.

Dusk was falling on the Saturday before Christmas in 1927 the S-4 submarine (S-class submarines, were the first class of submarines built to US Navy design) was conducting trials and tests was rammed by by a USCG ship and quickly sank into 100 feet of water. The entire 38 crew members were trapped in its prison house of death. Ships rushed to the scene of disaster off the coast of Massachusetts.

A diver tapped out a question asking how much oxygen on board would last. Two days was the max. A nor’easter was upon them and treacherous underwater currents thwarted the attempts to rescue the remaining six trapped survivors. The last tapped out a question in the dots and dashes of the Morse Code. “Is … there … any … hope?” The storm raged for 62 hours all had perished.

When helpless we need hope

1 Sam

16:11 Forgotten

17:55 Noticed (after the defeat of Goliath)

18:8 Popular (1,000’s David 10,000’s)

18:10-11 Saul’s jealousy - Javelin thrown

18:25 Maybe David would be killed by Philistines Kill 100 and you can have my daughter

18:27 Two hundred philistines killed

19:1 Saul speaks to Jonathan & servants -- Kill David

19:8 War again -- Great victory for David

19:10 Saul & Javelin at David

19:11 Michal saves David’s life

20:3 Words to Jonathan "there is but a step between me and death"

20:33 Saul tries to kill Jonathan with a Javelin

22:2 David attracts 400 men (distress, in debt, discontent [Mss losers, vagrants & misfits]

23:5-12 David saves Keilah - Saul thought him trapped, inhabitants would betray him to Saul

23:13 David’s band now 600

24:2 Saul uses 3,000 men to capture David

24:4 Engedi Cave opportunity to kill Saul - David cut off th end of Saul’s robe

26:2 Saul again with 3,000 men tracking David

26:12 Again opportunity to kill Saul David takes Saul’s spear, and water bottle

27:1 David has no choice but to escape to the Philistines (remember Goliath the Philistine)

30:1 Ziklag destroyed

30:6 Families captive

30:4 Great weeping until no more tears

30:6 Own friends bid to stone David

-----> 30:6 BUT David encouraged himself in the LORD

ENCOURAGE

- Literally ("en") To put in courage "heart" - what is in one’s mind or thoughts

- Strengthen

- Attitudes on how I face life

- David could not comfort himself in his wife, children, goods, nor anything else

- Casting himself on the Lord - 1 Sam 30:6

- Ps 42-43 Two Attitudes

- Disrepair & Hopelessness – 42:3, 42:7; 42:9; 42:10; 43:2

- Countered with the Lord & Praise – 42:1-2; 42:4-5; 42:6; 42:8-9a; 42:11; 43:1-2a; 43:3-5

- We need biblical fixed points to hang onto

- KEY: 3 verses "Hope in God" 42:5,11 & 43:5

- 40x Words refer to the Lord in Ps. 42-43

- God has come in the flesh

Psalm 124:8KJV Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 13:5KJV 5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

+ Using HOPE In Our Lives

1. Seize Unbelief - 42:5, 11, 43:5


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