Summary: Here’s a sermon that uses the true story of Derek Redmond to illustrtate the major points.

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PSALM 38:1-22

[1] A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

[2] For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

[3] There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

[4] For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

[5] My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

[6] I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

[7] For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

[8] I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

[9] Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

[10] My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

[11] My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

[12] They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

[13] But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

[14] Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

[15] For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

[16] For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

[17] For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

[18] For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

[19] But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

[20] They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

[21] Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

[22] Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

On this Fathers Day, I’d like to tell you a story

about a father and his son.

An incredible event took place August 3, 1992

at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

A runner from England, Derek Redmond,

wanted to win a gold medal in the 400-meter race.

Derek had trained hard and faithfully for 4 years.

Well, the day for the 400-meter race arrived.

There were 64 runners representing different countries

entered in the race.

That meant there would be 8 qualifying runs...

and the winners of those 8 races

would compete in the Final Race for the Gold Medal.

Derek drew lane 3 in his qualifying heat.

The starting gun sounded

and he got off to a good start.

At the half-way point...200-meters...Derek was running 2nd.

He took the lead at the 300-meters mark

and he began to pull away from the rest of the runners.

Derek rounded the turn into the backstretch.

Suddenly, Derek felt a sharp pain go up the back of his leg.

He ran for a few steps…and then he began to stumble.

His father, Jim Redmond, watching from the stands...

knew right away what was happening to his son.

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