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Summary: “Refreshing My Down Times” explores how to get a lift from God when you’re feeling down about life. Psalm 42:1-11 gives the practical steps to being refreshed in midst of not-so-happy times.

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The Crossing Community Church

Times Of Refreshing

“Refreshing My Down Times”

Pastor Jim Botts

August 18th, 2002

Introduction

How many of you are joggers? How about marathoners?

In a marathon there are those stations along the route where the runner can grab a refreshing drink as they make their way along. There are certain times in life it would be great to run into a spiritual water station. I believe that there are. The book of Psalms gives us some practical advice for getting “Times of Refreshing” for our souls. We’ll spend four weeks looking into key times when we especially need refreshment (Down times, Guilty, Rough, and Empty times).

Today, “Refreshing My Down Times.” Sometimes life can be a real downer and you really need a lift. Are you there right now? Let’s take a self test. Here are four indicators that you might be in a down time:

1. Maybe things are going great, but deep in your heart you’re thinking, “there’s got to be more than this to life.” You feel empty inside.

2. You feel like things will never improve, tomorrow will be no better than today. Like your best days are behind you and there’s no sign of a better future.

3. You have a sense of being lonely, even when you’re around people. Relationships aren’t doing it for you.

4. It doesn’t seem like you can trust anyone anymore. Your confidence is shot.

Today’ Psalm (42) gives great advice for each of those areas of need

The Bible give no retouched photo of life or people. From Jesus to Moses, down times were experienced by all. Our lesson today for how to get refreshment during your down times comes from the great hero King David.

Read Psalm 42:1-11

He wrote this Maskil (instructive song) to give us the keys to refreshing our down times.

There are four keys to finding refreshment in your down times…

1. Thirst for God (v1-4) BECAUSE WE FEEL EMPTINESS!

Expressed in terms of, “I feel hollow, empty about my life no matter what I do”

**We all long for God (v1-2a) : As it is natural for a deer to long for water, so also our souls naturally long for God. Our down times actually reveal the emptiness of life and our longing to know God. As thirst draws a deer to streams, so thirst in our hearts is designed to draw us to God. Our longing for God cannot be satisfied by anything else.

What about money? Christina Onassis, the daughter of wealthy Aristotle Onassis said, “Happiness is not based on money, and the greatest proof of that is my family.” Shortly after making that statement, she died of heart failure reportedly the result of years of abusing tranquilizers and diet pills. King Solomon, the wealthiest and wisest man in the Bible said…

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money will never have enough money; Whoever loves wealth will not be satisfied with it. This is also useless (NCV).

What about success? Pop-star Madonna, when asked the question, “are you a happy person?” Replied, “I’m a tormented person. I have a lot of demons I’m wrestling with. But I want to be happy. I have moments of happiness. I’m working toward knowing myself…assuming that will bring me happiness.”


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