Summary: This message is about learning to depend upon God for all things.

INTRO: Pit and sheep


Background: David’s situation…

Purpose Statement: We need to recognize our need…

I) For Patience

A) We are not a very patience people

1) Instant coffee, microwave…

2) Short attention span, entertainment/pleasure driven

B) God’s Timing

1) Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday…

2) God of Abraham, Noah, Moses,

II) For Deliverance

A) He will rescue us from the miry pit

1)No pit too deep, too dirty

B) He provides the means

1)Notice this entire Psalm is focused on God, not David

C) His way is sure

1)The only way to assure firm footsteps

III) For Renewal

A) He provides the song

B) Sole dei gloria

IV) To Witness

A) That others will see

B) That others will fear (awe)

C) That others will believe

Conclusion: Need for Patience, Deliverance from the Pits, Sing a New Song, Powerful witness

INTRO Illustration

There were these two guys out hiking when they came upon an old, abandoned mineshaft. Curious about its depth they threw in a pebble and waited for the sound of it striking the bottom, but they heard nothing. They went and got a bigger rock, threw it in and waited. Still nothing. They searched the area for something larger and came upon a railroad tie. With great difficulty, the two men carried it to the opening and threw it in. While waiting for it to hit bottom, a goat suddenly darted between them and leapt into the hole!

The guys were still standing there with astonished looks upon their faces from the actions of the goat when a man walked up to them. He asked them if they had seen a goat anywhere in the area and they said that one had just jumped into the mineshaft in front of them! The man replied, "Oh no. That couldn’t be MY goat, mine was tied to a railroad tie."

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